A court case in South Africa has recently opened to decide the fate of two children who were accidently switched at birth.
In 2010, two girls were given to the wrong mothers when they were both born on the 2nd of August at a Boksburg hospital near Johannesburg.
The mix-up was discovered when a blood test at the doctors revealed that the child in question was not related to the woman raising her.
After contacting the hospital, which confirmed the mix-up, the mother got in contact with the family who was raising her biological daughter and announced that she would like to take the child.
However, the other mother has refused to switch back, stating that she has raised the other child for almost 4 years and considers her as her own daughter, despite no blood relation.
Since the two mothers cannot agree on which is the best course of action, they have ended up in court battling for custody.
It is unknown where either child’s father currently is and the court’s prime concern is what is best for the children involved.
However, what is best remains a mystery. On one hand, some believe that the children should be returned to their biological mothers, whilst others believe that removing a child from a home it has known for 4 years will only cause her distress and confusion by making her live with someone she does not know.
What do you think?
Article written by D Mulhern