Swopped ba­bies to meet kin

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THE TWO chil­dren who were swopped at birth at a hos­pi­tal in Boks­burg were slowly be­ing in­tro­duced to their biological fam­i­lies, a child law ex­pert said yes­ter­day.

The chil­dren, both aged 4, and their par­ents were re­ceiv­ing coun­selling.

“Any pos­si­bil­ity of con­tact by the par­ents with their biological chil­dren will be man­aged by the team at the child, ado­les­cent and fam­ily unit,” said Ann Skel­ton, di­rec­tor of the Cen­tre for Child Law at the Univer­sity of Pre­to­ria.

The moth­ers were be­ing in­tro­duced to their chil­dren, and the chil­dren to each other.

“The moth­ers and chil­dren are un­der­go­ing a treat­ment plan by the child, ado­les­cent and fam­ily unit at Char­lotte Max­eke Hos­pi­tal,” said Skel­ton.

The high court in Pre­to­ria ap­pointed her to in­ves­ti­gate and make rec­om­men­da­tions.

Her com­ments stem from a re­port that she com­piled and handed to the court.

A team of ex­perts, headed by a psy­chol­o­gist, were also work­ing with the fam­i­lies in­volved.

A boy and girl were swopped at birth at Tambo Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal in Boks­burg on Au­gust 2, 2010.

The par­ents have since agreed to keep the child they had each raised.

They found out their ba­bies had been swopped only after one of the fa­thers de­manded a pa­ter­nity test.

Ac­cord­ing to Skel­ton’s re­port, the mid­wife al­legedly swopped the name tags and files of the chil­dren by ac­ci­dent when they were born. – Sapa

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