Sibling Study Confirms Switched at Birth
Can you imagine finding out you were switched at birth, and nobody figured it out for 60 years? Just fantasize for a moment about the life you may have led, had you not been switched. What if you grew up poor, on government assistance, studying at night school while working at a factory, while the baby who took your place in your biological family grew up wealthy, wanting for nothing, getting the best education? And, when you reached adulthood, you took a job as a driver, while your counterpart took over the family real estate business – his “birthright” as the first son, according to Japanese tradition.
A poor Japanese man, who chose to remain anonymous, recently found out that all of the above were shockingly true. In 1953, at San-Ikukai Hospital in Tokyo, he was born the first child of well-off parents, 13 minutes before the son of the single working mom who ended up raising him. When a mid-wife took the 2 babies away for a bath, she simply switched them up, and nobody realized.
Fast forward to 2011, when the 3 younger brothers of the man who took his place started questioning how different he looked than the rest of the family. Why they waited so long to question anything is anyone’s guess, but a DNA test proved they were not related at all. They began to seek out answers, which led them back to the hospital where he was born.
When the man from the poor upbringing was contacted, he also took a sibling DNA test, which proved he was the brother of the 3 men. Though he desperately wanted to meet his real mother and father, they were both already deceased.
“I wanted to see them alive,” he said. When he saw their pictures, he confided, “I could not hold back the tears.”
He sought financial compensation from the hospital that was responsible for the switch, and was awarded 38 million Yen in damages (around $317K). Although he sought out material resources in an effort to right the wrong that was done to him, he does not harbor any hard feelings towards the other man that was raised in his place. In fact, he is now building a relationship with his 3 biological younger brothers, making up for lost time.