Babies get swapped in the hospital, baby boy gets replaced by a baby girl in the hospital, someone steals the baby, these are a few lines that we hear in the films and get to see in the films. Also, there are a few incidents which report the same happens in reality. If something like this happens, the family wants their kids back because the blood is thicker than water as we are hearing from childhood. But then there are cases which surprise us without any explanation.
The same has happened lately, at birth, two baby boys were mistakenly swapped. The families moved to the court but they don’t want their babies back. They appealed to keep the babies whom they have grown up. The Indian Express reported that the babies were born to both the couples on 11 March 2015 at Civic Hospital with a gap of a few minutes.
The parents of kids Riyan and Jonait are Sewali Boro and Anil Boro who are farmers of Bezpara village in Mangaldoi, and Salima Parbin and Sahabuddin Ahmed who are from Sialmari (Shyampur). One of the parents Ahmed said:
“My wife raised doubts about the baby not being ours within about a week of his birth. While she said that the eyes looked typically tribal, I tried to brush aside her doubts. But as she kept insisting, I went to the Civil Hospital, but the then superintendent said my wife must be suffering from mental illness and advised me to consult a psychiatrist.”
Then he went and check the baby to Boro’s house and both the families confirmed that their babies got swapped. Then he said:
“I HAD SOME DOUBTS FROM THE VERY BEGINNING. BUT I HAD KEPT IT STRICTLY TO MYSELF, AND IT WAS ONLY WHEN AHMED WROTE TO ME WHEN THE BABY WAS THREE MONTHS OLD THAT I BEGAN TO THINK SERIOUSLY.”
Ahmed then went back to the Superintendent of the Mangaldoi Civic hospital in June 2015 but after investigation dismissed the case after four months. Ahmed went for a DNA test with his wife also and son.”When I took the DNA report to the hospital, the superintendent said it had no legal validity,” Ahmed said.
In April 2017, DySP Barua got a DNA test of both parents. “The report took its time, and the DySP finally told us on November 27, 2017, that the DNA tests had established that the babies got exchanged immediately after birth. He also advised me to register a case against the hospital in the Mangaldoi district court, which summoned us on January 4.”
However, when both the couples went to exchange the babies, the two boys didn’t leave their respective mothers. The Boro couple discussed the matter with Anil’s mother and three brothers. “All have advised us not to exchange the babies again. We will submit an affidavit on January 24 saying we don’t want to exchange them and will bring them up as our own sons,” he said.
Ahmed, at last, said, “On January 24, both families tell the court that we will always remain close relatives”.