Switched at birth: Vietnamese families angered by hospital's serious mistake

By Tieu Thien, Thanh Nien News

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Nguyen Thi Thu Trang, 26, shows DNA test results that prove she has been raising another's child for three years. Photo credit: Phuoc Tuan/VnExpress Nguyen Thi Thu Trang, 26, shows DNA test results that prove she has been raising another's child for three years. Photo credit: Phuoc Tuan/VnExpress

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Vu Dinh Khien regrets doubting his wife’s faithfulness over the past three years. When he looked at his daughter, he could not see any resemblance to his family. 
Recent DNA tests have confirmed that their child was actually born to a Stieng ethnic couple. Nurses at Binh Long General Hospital has made a mistake.
“It is really painful when the child we've been raising the past three years is not ours. It is even more painful to learn that our own child is undernourished,” said the 36-year-old man of Binh Phuoc Province.
Doctor Tran Dinh Cuong, vice director of Binh Long General Hospital, told the media on Tuesday that a meeting on June 24 between the hospital and the two couples were "not fruitful."
“Our mistake and the consequences were too serious. The hospital is trying to arrange for the two children to return to their families,” he said.
“The hospital is also negotiating to compensate the families,” Cuong said. 
On January 10, 2013, Khien’s wife, Nguyen Thi Thu Trang, gave birth to a baby girl at the hospital.
Only 15 minutes later, Thi Lien also delivered a baby girl. Both weighed three kilograms.
The babies were bathed and brought to their families before being returned to the mothers, who shared the same room.
'We hope to get our child back'
In a twist of fate, Trang’s father Nguyen Duy Nguyen visited a nearby village in May 2016.
There he saw a baby who looks exactly like his daughter Trang and immediately knew something wrong had happened three years ago. 
Both families then filed complaints to the hospital after learning the truth. 
“We love the baby we are raising. But we hope to get our child back,” said Trang's husband, Vu Dinh Khien.
The hospital has offered to compensate each family more than VND12 million (US$538) and pledged to send the two babies to Children’s Hospital 2 in Ho Chi Minh City for checkup.
However, they did not reach an agreement.
Khien said he wants strict measures against the medical staff involved.
“The hospital’s compensation is too small and unacceptable,” he said, adding that both the children lost their precious early childhood with their real parents.
A similar case also grabbed headlines in March, when a 65-year-old woman found out that she had raised a wrong daughter for 42 years.
Nguyen Thi Mai Hanh was given the wrong baby when she gave birth at the Hanoi obstetrics center in 1974.
The nurses insisted that the baby was hers and she and her husband accepted the baby.
But 42 years later, Hanh got a DNA test and told her daughter.
She has been unable to find her biological daughter.

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