A New York City mom claimed that her child was breast-fed by another woman after blundering hospital workers accidentally switched her daughter with another baby just after birth, the New York Post reported Thursday.
Lynda Williams, 33, said Long Island College Hospital (LICH) refused to divulge any information about the other woman because of privacy laws, and a court this week sided with the hospital.
With the backing of a Supreme Court justice, Williams sued LICH after the 2008 incident, demanding to know if the other woman who breast-fed her daughter Jalyn, now 3-years-old, was healthy.
Williams, who claims she never smokes or drinks alcohol and would not even drink soda during her pregnancy, said, "I asked, 'Did she smoke during pregnancy? Did she drink? Does she have any disease? Can I meet her?'"
LICH appealed against the suit, and the appellate panel ruled that Williams could not recover damages for mental distress for an alleged injury to someone else.
The swap allegedly occurred when Williams was asleep in LICH's maternity ward in May 2008. She said she learned what happened only after her pediatrician overheard two nurses gossiping about the mix-up.
An LICH rep said the hospital "was very pleased the Appellate Division unanimously ruled in our favor and dismissed the action against us."
Williams has vowed to bring the case to the Court of Appeals, the state's highest court.