Woman, 19, discovers she was accidentally swapped with another newborn at Spanish hospital

Woman, 19, discovers she was accidentally swapped with another newborn at Spanish hospital



A 19-year-old woman has discovered she was accidentally swapped with another newborn at a Spanish hospital after she took a DNA test to settle a family dispute.



The woman is seeking millions of euros in damages over the 2002 mistake.



Regional health authorities called the blunder a 'one-off human error' after the babies born five hours apart at the San Millan de Logrono in La Rioja were mixed up.



The error was discovered four years ago after one of the girls who was switched underwent a DNA test as part of a dispute over child support payments.



The victim is demanding three million euros (£2.5 million) in compensation from regional health authorities claiming she has suffered significant lifelong damages because she was raised in a troubled family environment, Mail Online reports.


Her lawyer Jose Saez-Morga said the victim, who was raised by a woman she believed to be her maternal grandmother, had suffered 'huge damages, which will last her whole life and which will never be repaired'.



Health authorities in the Rioja region have so far only offered the woman 215,000 euros (£184,000) in compensation, he added.


The regional health chief, Sara Alba, said computer systems back then did not have as many details as they do today, and stressed that a similar mix-up could not happen again.Latest Post
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