Two 12-year-old girls who were switched at birth are choosing not to add the trauma of finding out the truth of their situations: they’re sticking with the moms they know.
The girls, Irina and Anya, live within miles of each other in eastern Russia and only learned of the mistake when the ex-husband of one of the mothers refused to pay child support because he suspected their daughter was someone elses because she bore no resemblance to him. DNA tests confirmed his suspicions that their daughter was not theirs biologically.
The girls have since decided to stay with the parents who raised them rather than their real parents, according to ABC News.
The girls were born in the same hospital just 15 minutes apart in 1999. Apparently their name tags were accidentally switched.
The BBC has reported the girls are happy to have found each other, but don’t want to be “given away” to the other family. The families are getting to know each other, and both are suing the hospital for nearly $160,000 in damages.
Babies being switched at birth are apparently a rare occurrence.
Can you imagine — either as a parent or a child — learning the family you’ve always known as your own is not because of a mistake? Mistakes happen, sure, but like this? I’m not sure $160,000 would even begin to cover a lifetime of family therapy bills. Talk about damages.