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  • Doh! Boys to swap homes 4 years after mix-up

    RIYADH (Reuters) - Two boys, one Saudi and one Turkish, will swap homes four years after a hospital gave them to the wrong parents, a Saudi newspaper said Wednesday.

    "Mistakes are always possible, but we will try to find who was responsible and hold them to account so it doesn't happen again," Prince Mishaal bin Saud, governor of Najran in the far south of the kingdom, said in comments in al-Watan newspaper.

    Saudi health authorities had been reluctant to accept the Turkish father's claim that his son Yacoub was not his, but DNA tests carried out this week proved him right.

    Published pictures show a distinctly Saudi-looking Yacoub.

    The father of the other child, Saudi national Mohammed al-Monjem, had no inkling that pale-skinned Ali was not his. He will press a 50 million riyal ($13 million) compensation claim against the health ministry, al-Watan said.
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    How awful.

    When our first child was born, we had a similar (though much less extreme) experience at the hospital. He had been taken to the nursery for a while, and one of the nursing assistants brought him back to the room for a middle-of-the-night feeding. As my wife was preparing to nurse the baby, we took another look and realized something seemed off. Sure enough, they had brought us the wrong baby!

    Normally the *pink* bracelet would have tipped us off, since our baby was a boy, but it was dark in the room and the nurse assistant didn't check... she almost panicked when she realized she had brought the wrong baby and rushed her back to the nursery before we got to look at her (the assistant's) nametag.
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    • #3
      A similar thing happened with us, but it was just misinformation. They told my dad he was the father of a "bouncing red-headed baby girl". Since there are no red-heads in the family, he got suspicious. When he got to the nursery, though, he didn't even need to point -- I looked so much like him they just held me up for him to see.
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      • #4
        When my daughter was born she was almost six weeks early. They rushed her out of the delivery room to assess her condition, my husband and I never even had a chance to see her. They brought her to my room a while later after she was given a healthy check up and we began the bonding then.
        Shortly after we brought her home her birth pictures were delivered to the house. They were labeled with her name but the baby in the picture was clearly not my baby. Some people in my life went into the thoughts that the hospital had maybe mixed up babies, I on the other hand knew the babies weren’t mixed, only the pictures. I called the photographer and alerted him to the mistake. He sent the correct pictures a couple of weeks later. But some people held onto the fear that the hospital had maybe made a mistake. I had to defend my belief that my child was my child and it became aggravating.
        As she grew there became no question because she clearly has physical characteristics that take after her father and myself that can never be denied.
        I couldn’t imagine the heart ache of realizing that the child you brought home from the hospital and raised for four years was not your child. There is a bonding there that cannot be undone, never mind the fact that they have missed out on the bonding process with their true biological child.

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