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Cheated parents win lawsuit against hospital which swapped children

October 31, 2011, 18:51 UTC+3
The court of the city of Kopeisk in the Chelyabinsk region has satisfied a lawsuit filed by the parents of two families whose children were swapped at a maternity house where they...
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YEKATERINBURG, October 31 (Itar-Tass) —— The court of the city of Kopeisk in the Chelyabinsk region has satisfied a lawsuit filed by the parents of two families whose children were swapped at a maternity house where they were born.

The court has obliged the maternity house, where the two newborn baby girls were swapped by mistake, to pay three million roubles to each family in compensation for moral damages.

If the side which lost the lawsuit is short of money to pay the damages the responsibility is vested with the administration of the Kopeisk municipality, which is to pay the compensation from budgetary funds, the press service of the Kopeisk city court said on Monday.

The medical error made twelve years ago was found out in spring 2011 after a married couple in one of the two families underwent a genetic test when the couple was preparing for divorce. The genetic test showed that neither the woman nor her husband were biological parents of the girl they brought up as their own daughter.

Later, a family where their biological daughter grew up was found.

Both families filed the lawsuit in September 2011.

 

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