A now-viral video that purports to show the moment a nurse accidentally brought the wrong baby to one mother’s hospital room has sparked fear in thousands of viewers.

The video was posted to TikTok on February 18 by Ashley Taylor (@ash_r_tay), who wrote: “That one time in the hospital when they brought me the wrong baby.” So far, the post has amassed more than 3.9 million views and over 196,000 likes, while shedding light on a very real, albeit uncommon, phenomenon.

Fear unlocked.

Allison Brownfield

In the comments section of her post, Taylor explained that the mixup happened shortly after giving birth to her first child.

“They literally just tried to give us the wrong baby,” read the clip’s text overlay.

In the video, a nurse can be seen wheeling a newborn over to the entrance of Taylor’s room. Taylor, meanwhile, makes a face at the camera before turning around to look at the nurse, who appears to be providing Taylor with some sort of explanation. The video played with the song “Oh No” by Kreepa over the original audio.

Many viewers were quick to critique the nurse, but Taylor jumped to the nurse’s defense.

“The nurse was very sweet about the mixup, it was an accident. I understand how things can get. Nobody’s perfect,” she said. “I was just worried about my baby.”

Though mixups are not common, they do happen. In July, a Tennessee couple said that shortly after giving birth to their child, a “panicked” nurse came to their room to “trade the baby they were holding with their actual child,” Newsweek reported.

And in September, two families in Spain discovered that their babies had been switched at birth 20 years prior.

Writing for Verywell Family, registered nurse Chaunie Brusie said, “There’s no real way for us to know the exact number of babies that are switched by accident at the hospital, no matter how briefly the switch occurs.”

Brusie further explained that many hospitals may not keep track of mixups, adding that, if they do, these numbers may only be accessed internally.

As previously stated, Taylor’s video sparked fear in many viewers and left other viewers feeling vindicated for their already present fears surrounding these kinds of mixups.

“Fear unlocked,” wrote Allison Brownfield.

More than 11,000 TikTokers liked Brownfield’s comment in agreement.

“Me here staring at my six-month-old wondering if I brought the right baby home,” said Bella.

“I am literally terrified of this. Unless it’s an emergency I don’t want my baby leaving the room,” commented Jessica-Strand.

@Yolis0131 added, “For that reason, my babe was never one second away from me or my husband. Baby was in my room the three days we stayed. My worst fear.”

Newsweek has reached out to Ashley Taylor for comment.

Newborn baby in hospital
A now-viral video that purports to show the moment a nurse accidentally brought the wrong baby to one mother’s hospital room has sparked fear in thousands of viewers.
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