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Mums get wrong babies in hospital

Staff at an Australian hospital accidentally mixed up two newborns and gave them to the wrong mothers, who breast-fed the infants before the mistake was caught, the hospital said.

A family member of one of the mothers noticed something was wrong and alerted staff after the mothers had been with the wrong infants for more than eight hours on Friday, said Stephen Roberts, chief executive officer of St John of God Hospital, which is in the city of Geelong, Victoria.

"It should be obviously a great time in any young family's life, and for us to have contributed to this situation, it disturbs us that it's happened," Mr Roberts told an Australian radio station.

"But we are trying to do everything we can to support them."

In a statement, the hospital said the babies spent Thursday night in the nursery and were given to the wrong mothers early on Friday morning.

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