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Jessica Escobedo says, "it was my last one we were trying to enjoy it as we go."

"She means the world to me and it was my third child and I was excited to have my last kid but for something like that to happen it messed my head up," says Aaron Powell.

Here's that last and final child Jessica Escobedo and Aaron Powell were excited to have. Little Melanie was born on December 10th here at Oak Bend Medical Center just outside of Houston. But on the second day of her birth her parents say something went really wrong.

Escobedo says, "the next morning when they brought my baby back in for feeding time the nurse brought in the wrong baby."

Jessica says the name band on the child she was given did not match her own and neither did the child...So where was their daughter little Melanie.

"I asked the nurse where was she and they actually took my baby to another mother she was over there for like two hours and the other mother actually breast fed and didn't notice that she had the wrong baby," says Escobedo.

Powell says, "this could've been something like I see in the movie I didn't think I'd see my own child getting handed to someone else and they put their nipple in her mouth."

Jessica's mother and Melanie's grandmother Geneva Fuentes has been demanding answers from Oak Bend Hospital. How could this happen when the babies clearly had name bands reflecting the correct parents.

Fuentes says, "I felt a mistake that big the hospital should've asked my daughter what do you want to happen at this point and it didn't happen like that."

Dr. Douglas Thibodeaux is the Chief Medical Officer at Oak Ben. He says, "the agency nurse failed to follow protocol which was checking both bands one on the baby one on the mother."

Officials with Oak Bend Hospital confirm the mistake. They also say there was an internal investigation and a contract nurse who handled the Powell's baby has been fired. Dr. Douglas Thibodeaux is the Chief Medical Officer.

"There is no question it should not happen because the bands are very specific to the babies and we should never get the babies mixed up but as you know it does happen," says Thibodeaux.

A spokesperson for Oak Bend says the mother who breast fed Jessica and Aaron's daughter was tested for diseases and she came back clean. For now the couple is enjoying their child. They say they're praying what happened to them doesn't happen to anyone else.


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