01/17/2013 10:08 EST | Updated 03/19/2013 05:12 EDT

Edmonton Breast Milk Mix-Up: Newborn Fed Milk Tainted with Hepatitis C, Lawsuit Claims

EDMONTON - Alberta Health Services, several doctors and a nurse are named in a lawsuit that alleges a newborn at an Edmonton hospital was fed breast milk from a mother with hepatitis C.

An Edmonton couple alleges in a statement of claim that a nurse mistakenly fed another woman's stored breast milk to their son last January while he was in the Royal Alexandra Hospital's neo-natal intensive care unit.

The suit claims a blood test confirmed the milk came from a woman who tested positive for hepatitis C, but the results were not provided to the family for two and a half months.

It also says it was a year after the birth that lab tests confirmed the baby did not have the disease.

The statement says as a result of the error and delays in hearing about the test results, the baby's parents experienced anxiety and stress, and the mother had a diminished supply of breast milk for her child.

The allegations have not been proven in court. (CHED)