A woman says she spent three days after giving birth to her daughter at BC Women’s Hospital thinking she was HIV positive after she was misdiagnosed.
Speaking to Global News, Monica Bobbitt says it got worse after she was told she could have given it to not only her daughter, but another baby she’d provided breast milk for.
She says she was woken up at 2 a.m. and told she was HIV positive.
“They told me that I might have given it to my baby, and I couldn’t… I couldn’t live like that.”
Both her and the other baby were treated with anti-retro viral medication for three days.
A third baby was also treated with the medication after its mother was also incorrectly diagnosed as HIV-positive.
Three days later, she was told she never had HIV and all of the babies were healthy.
According to Global News, BC Women’s Hospital released a statement saying they would review what happened.
In the statement they say, “… receiving a false positive result is extremely upsetting,” and that, “Unfortunately, false positives can occur with any test.”
It goes on to say when positive tests are received, re-testing is rushed and repeated within hours.
The B.C. Centre for Disease Control will also be investigating.
Bobbitt says she never received a real apology from the hospital, and was not offered support during the time she spent worrying about her and her baby’s health.