A 65-year-old woman is suing authorities after discovering she was swapped with another baby in a maternity ward and raised by a family that wasn’t hers.
The incident took place in the Dzhydinsky District of southern Russia’s Republic of Buryatia, according to local media.
Nina Poddelskaya (65) was born in the local maternity ward along with another girl on the same day.
Three months after being taken home by her family the woman who had allegedly given birth to her came to Nina’s home and told her mother that the babies had been swapped in the maternity ward.
Nina’s mother, who’s no longer alive, told the guests that it wasn’t possible the girls had been swapped and wouldn’t reverse the switch, so Nina continued living with her family, according to reports.
She grew up with people telling her “you’re not theirs” as she didn’t have the typical characteristics of her family, which are those of the Buryat people who are tall with wide cheekbones, reports state. Nina was comparatively shorter with blonde hair and green eyes.
Three years ago Nina questioned her aunt about the rumours and was told about the other girl.
Nina began searching for the girl and came across someone named Maya, who had been born into that girl’s family.
Nina carried out a DNA test with Maya earlier this year and the results indicate that Maya is Nina’s little sister – which proves Nina had been switched at birth.
The girl Nina was swapped with has reportedly refused to comment on the incident as she still doesn’t believe the story.
“I found a large family, my sister Maya, two nephews, cousins on my mother’s side, which is wonderful, but I’ll always love the family I grew up with,” Nina said.
“Yes, I lived a good life, but a stranger’s, not mine. And so now I want to sue the ministry of health of Buryatia.
“For the fact that all my life I was tormented by doubts, someone must answer for it. Both the sisters with whom I grew up and Maya will join the lawsuit.
Nina’s parents who raised her are no longer alive.
Source: Magazine Features