French court to rule on accidental baby swap

2015-02-10 15:22

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Paris - A court in the southern French city of Grasse will issue a judgment on Tuesday in the case of two women who were swapped at birth and whose families are seeking $13.57m in damages.

Mathilde and Manon were both diagnosed with jaundice shortly after they were born in 1994, and they were hospitalised for treatment at a clinic in the port city of Cannes.

The baby girls shared an incubator due to lack of space in the clinic and their identities were accidentally swapped after a phototherapy treatment session.

The parents of both infants initially insisted that the baby they took home was not the correct one, but according to interviews given by one of the families to French broadcasters, they acquiesced and attributed the cause of their confusion to post-natal exhaustion.

But Manon Serrano's father became increasingly sceptical over the course of his daughter life and, 10 years later, insisted on a DNA test.

The test revealed that she did not share DNA with either parent.

"If this can happen to us, it can happen to anyone," Sophie Serrano, Manon's mother, told French media.

Authorities for the clinic in Cannes have insisted that it followed regulations, and one hospital lawyer told broadcaster BMFTV that the error was due to a hospital employee who did not comply with the rules of conduct.

After the discovery, Mathilde and Manon met their biological parents but still remained with the parents with whom they grew up. In interviews, Manon Serrano explained that the reunion with her biological mother was a confusing experience.

"You meet a woman who is totally unknown," she said.

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