Babies Accidentally Swapped At Birth Refuse To Return To Biological Parents

Indian toddlers who were accidentally swapped at birth refused to return to their biological parents after a DNA test confirmed the mistake. A week after being discharged from the Mangaldai Civil Hospital in 2015, Salma Parbin realized that her son, Jonait, was not biologically hers. DNA tests confirmed after nearly three years that the toddlers belong to different families, BBC News reported. Since the babies wanted to stay with the couples that raised them, the families were expected to inform a judge Wednesday of their plans to raise each other's sons. It's like the plot of a Bollywood film. Two babies from very different backgrounds, born five minutes apart in Assam, were accidentally swapped at birth. — BBC India (@BBCIndia) January 23, 2018 "When I saw his face, I had doubts," Parbin told BBC News. "I remembered the face of the other woman in the labor room and he resembled her. I could make out from his eyes. He's got small eyes, no one in my family has eyes like that." Parbin tried to convince her husband that Jonait was not theirs, which led her to explain her theory that the baby actually belonged to the tribal Hindu family that was also in the delivery room.  "A week later, my wife told me, 'This baby is not ours.' I said, 'What are you saying? You shouldn't talk like this about an innocent child,'" Shahabuddin Ahmed, Parbin's husband, told BBC News. "I didn't believe her, but she kept insisting." Ahmed told the hospital of the couple's suspicion, but it was quickly disregarded by an employee who suggested his wife seek psychiatric assistance. He subsequently filed an information petition in an attempt to get further details about the deliveries of both families at the hospital. The father received feedback about seven mothers, but the details provided about a tribal Hindu woman caught his attention. Like Parbin, the Hindu woman Continue Reading

Texas couple reunited with baby switched at hospital in El Salvador

A Texas couple was reunited with their biological son four months after he was switched at a hospital in El Salvador. Mercedes Casanellas and Richard Cushworth held and kissed their baby for the first time since his May birth as local television cameras rolled Monday night. Casanellas, a 39-year-old Christian missionary who had given birth in her home country, suspected something was amiss when she returned to Dallas. The boy still had a darker complexion than the one her son had immediately after birth. She had raised the discrepancy with her doctor, who told her "babies change color," WFAA reported. But the child, who they named Jacob, looked nothing like her or her husband. "I would take photos of him and put them next to my husband, trying to find something of us in him," she told an El Salvador TV station. "I kept trying to convince myself that he was really ours, that over time we would begin to see a resemblance. But my motherly instincts kept telling me that he wasn't mine." The couple initially feared their child had been sold into a human trafficking ring as Casanellas slept off a sedative, Sky News reported. Authorities are investigating whether their doctor, Alejandro Guidos, was involved in such an operation and are reviewing how the swap happened. Guidos, who was charged in the case, said he is not guilty. As he left a court hearing with his face covered in a sheet, Casanellas ripped it off and shouted at him in Spanish, "Where is my son, doctor? Where is my son?" video shows. She began crying, “I want to see him, I want to see him!” "This is a life-long injury that's very, very deep and it's horrible," Cushworth, 41, said in court. El Salvador authorities eventually organized DNA tests for all children born that day in the same elite private hospital and learned only two children had been swapped. The couple plans to care for the Continue Reading

French court orders 1.88 million euro payment for families of babies switched at birth

A French court has ordered a private clinic in Cannes to pay out 400,000 euros—roughly $451,760—to two 20-year-old women who were accidentally switched at birth and given to the wrong parents. Sophie Class, the lawyer of the Clinica Jourdan, said she didn't know if an appeal would be lodged against Tuesday's court decision in Grasse, France. The court ordered payments by the clinic and an insurance company of 300,000 ($339,500) euros for each of three parents involved in the case and 60,000 ($67,900) euros for three brothers and sisters. "I am perfectly satisfied [with the ruling] because responsibility within the medical chain was acknowledged," said Gilbert Collard, the lawyer of the victims, in a phone interview. The two families had originally sought 12 million euros from the clinic, but Collard said there was little hope of obtaining that amount. The law suit was filed in 2010 by the families of the two girls. The suit targeted the two doctors and the nurse's assistant who made the mistake upon birth, but the court did not convict them. The incident happened in 1994 when a nurse's assistant gave baby Manon Serrano to another mother and gave the infant next to her to Sophie Serrano. Manon's parents started noticing she had different traits-curly hair and olive-toned skin-three years later and split after town rumors that the baby was "the postman's daughter." In 2004, Sophie had doctors take a DNA test of Manon, which revealed that she was not their daughter. An investigation was then launched to find her biological parents, which were located about 20 miles away from them. "It's a relief," Sophie Serrano, who raised Manin, said in a TV interview. "We have waited for this for so long." The other family involved with the case has chosen to remain anonymous. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Virginia teen talks about being switched at birth, a mistake that changed security in hospitals nationwide

It was a shocking discovery that forever linked two families in turmoil — the moment a Virginia mother found out her 3-year-old daughter had been switched at birth. But a years-long custody battle would never end with the little girl, or the child with whom she was swapped, reuniting with their biological families. And now, 15 years later, Callie Johnson speaks publically for the first time about growing up with the woman she always knew as Mom. “She’s my best friend,” 18-year-old told WTVR-TV of her mother, Paula Johnson. “She always has been. And I can honestly say that.” The bizarre ordeal — which became one of the most publicized stories about two children switched at birth — began in June 1995, when Paula Johnson gave birth to a baby girl at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville. But three years later, when the mother’s boyfriend asked for a paternity test to determine if Callie was really his, Paula’s life was turned upside down — the child belonged to neither parent. She alerted the hospital, where staff soon realized that Callie actually belonged to Kevin Chittum and his 16-year-old girlfriend, Whitney Rogers, who gave birth to a little girl a day after Paula became a mother. But in a tragic twist, the young couple died in a horrific car crash hours before officials planned to tell them their young daughter, Rebecca, actually belonged to Paula Johnson. “The big question everyone always asks me is, ‘Would you prefer your parents still be alive or passed?’” she told the news station this week. “I don’t know what I’m missing. So, in a sense, I do feel more sorry for Rebecca, because she doesn’t know her biological mom.” Paula tried to claim her biological child, suing Rebecca’s grandparents — who won custody of the girl Continue Reading

Japanese man gets $300,000 after switch at birth led to living in poverty

A Japanese man born into a wealthy family was accidentally swapped at birth and ended up living a life of absolute poverty. The now-60-year-old — who should have enjoyed a lavish lifestyle just like his three true biological brothers — instead suffered intense hardship and became an unmarried truck driver. He only realized the decades-old mistake last year when his biological family's three younger siblings had DNA tests done on their older brother because he looked nothing like them. They then checked out hospital records and identified the 60-year-old as being their real relative. A Tokyo district court this week ordered the hospital where the man was born to pay him more than $300,000 in damages for its 1953 error. Bosses confessed he'd been switched with another baby boy born just 13 minutes later. Despite now building a bond with his biological family, the man said he still wished he could "roll back the clock." "I might have had a different life. I want (the hospital) to roll back the clock to the day I was born," according to the Tokyo Times. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Two babies switched at birth reunited with real moms who recognized clinic’s error

Two baby Argentine girls accidentally switched at birth were reunited with their real moms met and realized the mistake three weeks later. Maria Lorena Gerbeno, 37, and Veronica Tejada both gave birth to healthy daughters on Sept. 30 at the private Sanatorio Argentino clinic in San Juan. Gerbeno, a lawyer who already had two children, delivered her baby via C-section and was told the baby's weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces. But, when she was later handed her child, doctors said the girl weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces and had been a breech birth. "I told them that could not be, but they said I must have misunderstood. I never got any answers," she told Clarin. Suspicious, but unable to get to the bottom of her fears, days later she attended the clinic for a routine checkup. There, at the same time, was Tejada. The two new moms started chatting and soon realized the birth weights of their respective kids matched up to the ounce. Gerbeno made a criminal complaint and a judge ordered DNA testing, which last week confirmed that the children had been accidentally switched at birth. The pair swapped their babies on Monday. "I spent three weeks with a baby that was not my daughter, but I gave her all my love and knew that the other mom would do the same," Gerbeno told local station C5N. An investigation into the blunder has been launched, with the clinic reportedly admitting "a mistake had occurred." Both moms are now considering legal action against the hospital, reports the Santa Cruz Sentinel. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

First photos of baby Charlotte hit Twitter

When Chelsea Clinton and husband Marc Mezvinsky announced the birth of their daughter early Saturday with Twitter and Facebook postings, they predictably touched off a flood of comments both heartfelt and snarky on social media.The 34-year-old daughter of former president Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave birth Friday, said Clinton spokesman Kamyl Bazbaz. At 12:32 a.m. Saturday she posted: "Marc and I are full of love, awe and gratitude as we celebrate the birth of our daughter, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky." An hour later, the Facebook post had generated more than 21,000 "likes,'' and by noon the number had grown to 76,517. Both Bill and Hillary retweeted the item on Twitter, as did more than 5,300 others. The happy pair tweeted their first family photo Saturday afternoon. The first-time grandparents posted a couple of tweets of their own: • "Charlotte, your grandmother and I couldn't be happier!" a proud grandpa Bill tweeted. and I are over the moon to be grandparents! One of the happiest moments of our life," tweeted HIllary. They also issued a joint statement:"We are blessed, grateful, and so happy to be the grandparents of a beautiful girl, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky, born on Friday evening, September 26, 2014."We are thrilled to be with our daughter and her husband as they welcome their daughter into the world."Chelsea is well and glowing. Marc is bursting with pride. Charlotte's life is off to a good start.'' Among the early followers to weigh in on social media were Katie Couric, designer Vera Wang, and political analyst Donna Brazile. Most comments offered variations of "Congratulations!'' and "Mazel tov!'' (Mezvinsky is Jewish), though predictably there were a number of snarky and politically-charged comments. And some humor, especially on Twitter:• [email protected]: "Wait, did Snooki and Chelsea Clinton have their babies on the same day? What a switched-at-birth movie that could Continue Reading

Oregon sisters switched at birth meet 56 years later

HEPPNER, Ore. – On a spring day in 1953, two baby girls were born at Pioneer Memorial Hospital in eastern Oregon. They grew up happily, got married, had kids of their own and became grandparents. Then last summer their lives were turned upside down. Kay Rene Reed Qualls found out that she and DeeAnn Angell Shafer were switched at birth. They recently met for the first time and underwent DNA tests after a woman who knew both their mothers called Qualls' brother with her suspicion. Qualls' brother, Bobby Reed, said the 86-year-old woman knew his mother and had also lived next door to the Angell family. "She said she had something she had to get off her chest," he told the East Oregonian newspaper in a story published Monday. The woman, whom he declined to identify by name, told him that his mother, Marjorie Angell, had insisted back in 1953 she had been given the wrong baby after the nurses returned from bathing the two newborns, but her concerns were brushed off. The woman showed Bobby Reed a photo. "It looked like Kay Rene in about 7th or 8th grade," he said. But it wasn't. It was DeeAnn Shafer's sister. "Kay Rene is not a Reed," the woman insisted. "DeeAnn is a Reed." Bobby Reed was stunned, learning later that rumors of a mix-up had been around for years. In early February, Shafer learned the truth in a telephone call from her sister, Juanita. "Do you remember those rumors of being switched at birth?" she asked, and went on to provide the update. "Does this mean I'm not invited to the family reunion?" Shafer joked. Qualls, Bobby Reed and one of their sisters met Shafer at a Kennewick, Wash., clinic last month for DNA testing. A week later, Qualls got the results, learning her likely probability of being related to her brother and sister was zero. "I cried," she said. "I wanted to be a Reed — my life wasn't my life." Shafer's DNA report said she had 99.9 percent of being related to Bobby and Dorothy Reed. Now living in Continue Reading

Babies switched at birth go back to biological parents

PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- Two baby girls mistakenly swapped at birth went home to their biological parents in time to celebrate their first birthdays, reports said Tuesday. DNA tests earlier this year revealed that the two sets of parents had taken the wrong baby home from a clinic southeast of Prague nearly a year ago. For the last few weeks, the girls have been spending time with their biological parents for several days at a stretch. “It’s an attempt for a permanent solution,” the father of one of the girls, Libor Broza, was quoted as saying. The parents agreed to swap their daughters and discussed several dates for their return, including the girls’ first birthday, Dec. 9, or New Year’s Day. They finally decided to swap the babies Monday -- possibly for good -- on the advice of a psychologist, the Lidove Noviny daily said. The mix-up came when Broza became suspicious that his daughter, Nikola, did not resemble him. DNA tests revealed he could not have fathered her. Broza’s partner, Jaroslava Trojanova, also took a test -- and her results were negative. Tests of the other couple, Jan Cermak and his wife, Jaroslava Cermakova, who were raising a girl they believed was their daughter, Veronika, also came back negative. The clinic in Trebic, 100 miles southeast of Prague, where the mix-up took place called it a “regrettable” case and a result of “serious mistakes” made by two nurses who since have been fired. Police also investigated the mistake but no charges were filed. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Anna’s mom finally gets to see baby

NASSAU, Bahamas - Nearly three weeks after her daughter died, Anna Nicole Smith's estranged mother got to hold her granddaughter for the first time last night.Virgie Arthur drove to the waterfront estate Smith shared with her lawyer and companion, Howard K. Stern, to meet 5-month-old Dannielynn, a source said.It was unclear if Stern was present for the meeting. Stern, who is listed as the baby's father on the birth certificate, has pilloried Arthur, saying Smith despised her mother.Arthur, meanwhile, has formed an alliance with Smith's ex-boyfriend Larry Birkhead, who claims he is the father of Dannielynn.In a sobbing interview with "Access Hollywood," Birkhead said the first time he saw photos of Dannielynn he had "no doubt" about the paternity."I knew when I looked at her she was my daughter. I said, 'That's my baby there. She looks like me,'" said Birkhead, who met the infant over the weekend.A Florida judge is expected to decide today whether he has jurisdiction in the dispute over Dannielynn's paternity. DNA samples have already been taken from Smith's body to ensure no baby switch occurs when samples from Dannielynn are collected. In the fight over what happens with Smith's body, a Florida appeals court is set to hear arguments today about whether the former Playboy Playmate should be laid to rest in the Bahamas or in Texas. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading