November 12, 2007

Child Swapping.

When this piece of news came in the Parent Center Newsletter today in my mail box, my stomach just flipped.

RIYADH (Reuters) - Two boys, one Saudi and one Turkish, will swap homes four years after a hospital gave them to the wrong parents, a Saudi newspaper said Wednesday.

"Mistakes are always possible, but we will try to find who was responsible and hold them to account so it doesn't happen again," Prince Mishaal bin Saud, governor of Najran in the far south of the kingdom, said in comments in al-Watan newspaper.

Saudi health authorities had been reluctant to accept the Turkish father's claim that his son Yacoub was not his, but DNA tests carried out this week proved him right.
Published pictures show a distinctly Saudi-looking Yacoub.

The father of the other child, Saudi national Mohammed al-Monjem, had no inkling that pale-skinned Ali was not his. He will press a 50 million riyal ($13 million) compensation claim against the health ministry, al-Watan said.


Of course I had to drag Hd and put him in this situation and ask what he would do. He of course knew he was getting into trouble and said that he saw Ashu coming out of me and hence he ll never be in this situation technically! Men! Anyway, after much prodding he said he ll swap if that's what the other parents want! WHAT? Who cares what anyone wants? What do you want, Dude? You mean you will just give up Ashu just because shes not biologically yours? Now he knew for sure he was in trouble and said he had no choice and turned the table and asked what I would do. Hah, that's easy! I ll take Ashu and disappear from the face of the Earth! Why would I give her up? So he tried to make me feel guilty about abandoning my biological child. But then, its all Math, is nt it? 9 months in my tummy Vs 2 1/2 years of being together every single day and seeing the child blossom. Tough but then that's what came to my mind instantly.

What would you do?


Shobana said...

I don't know if I would have teh heart to give up the son I cared for and showered all teh love and affection on. I am sorry...I probably would keep the one that I had.

Anitha(Nikki's mom) said...

I will want both!

GettingThereNow said...

I'd ask for the second one and keep both :)

But seriously, I don't think there is anything more cruel that could happen to any parent.

B o o said...

Shobana - If both our kids were swapped, we would nt have a problem at all! ;)

Anitha and CK - How about if both your kids are swapped? Huh? HUH? ;)Jokes apart, what I meant is giving up on the child we have is much more tougher than giving up on the child we never had, no?

and you are right, CK! This is the worst nightmare come true for any parent!

Dee said...

almost what Yashoda and Devaki musta gone thru.. ;)

Premalatha said...

I will claim both!

Preethi said...

First time here... good read!!! My stomach did a double flip too when I saw this news... Worst Nightmare indeed!!!

mummyjaan said...

Omigod, that's a really tough one.

These children are already 4 years old. After rearing a child for 4 years, I would have a tough time giving him/her up.

And yet, there are 2 families here in the equation.

If that had happened to me, I would keep the child that was in my home. I don't know why those 2 families decided to get their biological children back. What about the trauma the boys will go through? I wonder what sort of adjustment reactions they will go through

Rohini said...

Oh no doubt about it at all. I would keep the kid I'd brought home from the hospital.

artnavy said...

of course keep the one i raised

but also spend some time and get to know the biological one as well- as an aunt or something

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karmickids said...

I would want both. Thats me. No questions. No debate. And if I really had to make a choice, the one I brought home.

GettingThereNow said...

If I HAD to choose, I'd keep the one I had raised.

GAH!! Too tough to imagine, let alone answer :(

Deepa said...

whats with the laziness? Write a post already!

Anonymous said...

First of all, I wouldn't get a DNA test done. :)


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