Two mothers who found their daughters accidentally changed at birth in hospital 38 years ago are demanding compensation.
Vasilya Baimurzina and Valentina Baulina are demanding a withdrawal of 10 million rubles (£ 96,589) from the Russian Ministry of Finance after a DNA test revealed the error.
She gave birth to her daughters in 1983 in a maternity ward at Kizil Hospital in rural Kizilskoye.
But the girls grew up looking nothing when the women raised them. The dark-haired Vasilya raised the blonde-haired Gulsina and the blonde-haired Valentina raised the dark-haired Alyona.
Long suspected that their daughters might not be their own, the two recently agreed to do a DNA test, the results of which showed their children had been switched at birth.
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The current hospital manager officially apologized to the women before her first trial on April 27, adding that the staff involved at the time were no longer alive.
The head of the hospital, Alla Vasilyeva, also said she was unsure how the babies’ name tags could have come off and been incorrectly affixed.
Local media indicate that typical compensation in such cases is 1 to 1.5 million Russian rubles (£ 9,660 to £ 14,490) per capita.
Babies changed at birth are a common twist in movies and books, but a vanishingly rare occurrence in reality, with only 17 known cases throughout history.
A similar mix-up in Russia led to the discovery in 2015 that two 12-year-old girls from the Urals had been given birth to the wrong parents.
The flaw only came to light when the ex-husband of one of the girls’ mothers refused to pay child support because she didn’t look like him.
DNA testing showed the child was neither a birth daughter, but both children eventually decided to stay with their adoptive families.
Alyona, Vasilya’s biological daughter, is now an entrepreneur, while Gulsina, Valetnina’s biological daughter, works as a caretaker at the school.
The lawsuit is still ongoing.