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31 October 2011

You’d think a year was bad enough.

The Guardian reported on Oct 31 last year that two Russian families won S$117,000 each in compensation from a maternity home that accidentally swapped their 12-year-old daughters at birth.

The families only learnt about the mix-up last year after the father of one of the girls, who had earlier divorced his wife, refused to support his daughter because she didn’t look like him.

Again, DNA tests confirmed that neither he nor his ex-wife were the child’s parents.

An official investigation tracked down her biological father, who had been raising the former’s daughter as his own.

Russian media reported that both families planned to use the compensation to buy houses close to each other or even share a home as both girls couldn’t bear to leave the parents who raised them.

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