LETTER TO THE EDITOR — Nederland mother endures turmoil after false positive

Published 12:10 am Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Hello, I’m Brianna Argo. Me and my family moved to Nederland in September 2023 and I was 9 months pregnant at the time.

I went to (a local hospital) to get a doctor, and they gave me a induction date for a few days later since I was almost due.

Once we got to the hospital they assigned me a different doctor and told me I needed to have a last minute C-section.

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Once we had the baby, his lung collapsed from crying too hard and they told us he will be OK. The very next day a social worker walks into my room and tells me that the baby’s umbilical cord test came back positive for methamphetamines and a CPS worker will be in contact soon.

At that point I was upset and angry. I felt like I was dreaming. I got discharged and then I made a call a couple of days later to get update on baby boy.

The chief of staff in the NICU comes to the phone and she says she started administering morphine to my newborn because he was showing signs of distress and withdrawals. No notice or anything to me. I HAD to call and figure that out myself.

CPS worker sent me to a drug testing center to do a hair follicle test and a urine screening, which both came back negative.

A couple of days later I had to call AGAIN to check on baby and they told me my umbilical cord test results came back from retest. Thee first one must have been a false positive, and I can pick up my baby.

At this point I started calling around to lawyers and getting legal advice on how I should go about this situation. So far I’ve had no luck. I will be looking for lawyers outside of Jefferson County.

I would like to get my story out there to people and hopefully find some kind of help to get me and my family some justice.

— Brianna Argo, Nederland