French court to rule on accidental baby swap

2015-02-10 15:22

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

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.

Read more on:    france

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.