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Two Bittersweet Birthday Cakes

This baby doesn’t look like us, he said, and off to the lab he went. The results of the blood work substantiated his fears: it was impossible for him to be his baby’s father. Same for mother’s lab results: she was not her baby’s mother.

The AP reported today:

PRAGUE, Czech Republic — Two baby girls mistakenly swapped at birth went home to their biological parents in time for their first birthdays, reports said Tuesday.

DNA tests confirmed that nearly a year before, in a clinic southeast of Prague, two baby girls had been involved in an unfortunate mix-up. Two sets of parents had taken home daughters who were not biologically their own.

Pictures from the AP of parents with their non-biological daughters.

Both sets of parents agreed to swap their daughters, deciding to do so on the girls’ first birthday–December 9th. In preparation for the transfer, the girls have been spending extended periods of time with their biological parents.

Can you imagine the angst and grief that such a situation invariably produces. These parents have loved and bonded with a child who they now understand really belongs to someone else. What would be your take on such a situation? Would you do as these parents did, or would you opt to keep the child you took home from the hospital?

You probably will be interested to know that the nurses involved in the care of these children have been fired.


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