Couple says hospital mistakenly operated on newborn baby

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A Tennessee couple is in shock after a hospital mistakenly operated on their newborn baby. (WPVI)

A Tennessee couple is in shock after a hospital mistakenly operated on their newborn baby.

Jennifer Melton says she thought her baby Nate was being taken for a routine physical just after birth.

But when he came back, she discovered doctors had cut a flap of skin under his tongue.

It's a procedure for infants born with a condition that restricts the tongue's range of motion.

"They took our child who was healthy from the room, and cut his mouth. At that point, I began to cry hysterically," Melton said.

The doctor admitted the procedure was meant for another child and the hospital apologized.

Jennifer says she doesn't know yet if Nate will have eating or speech problems.

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