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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Austrian Hospital Faces Charges For Mixing Up Babies 27 Years Ago

An Austrian health authority has been ordered to pay €90,000 in damages over the mix-up of two babies almost 30 years ago.



Doris Gruenwald, born in 1990, only found out after a routine blood test when she was 22 she was not biologically related to the couple she thought were her parents.

"My whole body started shaking... It was like the ground under my feet disappeared," she told the Krone daily last year.

The clinic, University Hospital Graz, cast doubt on whether the mix-up happened there, suggesting it may have taken place later and somewhere else.

But the court rejected this, ruling that the mix-up happened in the 20 hours between the birth and the mother, recovering from a caesarean section, being given the child.

Ruling there was "gross negligence", it awarded damages of €30,000 each for Doris and Evelin Gruenwald plus her husband, as well as the costs from the couple adopting her.

Doris Gruenwald still does not know who her biological parents are, while the other victim is unaware that she was brought up by the wrong people.

This is despite the hospital having last year launched a programme offering free DNA tests to the 200 women born in the hospital around the same time and their mothers.

So far, only about 30 women have taken advantage of the tests and no matches have been found.

The local health authority said it planned to appeal against the ruling, saying that the court had failed to establish that the babies were mixed up at the hospital.

Culled from here


13 comments:

ARIANNA said...

Oh dear
This just scared me. Recently this stupid thought entered my head like "what if someone switches your baby at birth, mistakenly".
Not my portion, it will not happen to me.

Both families involved in this will be so in a middle right now.

Alloy Chikezie said...

How careless of the hospital and now causing heartache to the families.

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Anonymous said...

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cheap fresh vegetables from jos call 07038097992 said...

Wow that's sooooooooooooi wrong. They should be sued. Infact the damage can never b fixed

Chidinma Grace said...

After almost 30years? That's so not good

Xclusive said...

Lol.God forbid such carelessness.

ukwu dimond said...

Na Wa oh

Bee10(mummytwins) said...

Its not new just go to most public hospitals they will exchange your baby

marriedchick said...

Hmmmm this had me thinking of the DNA ish.... Imagine giving birth and the babies are switched at birth,then years later, hubby demands for a DNA. Hmmmm.... Let me stop imagining

Mhiz A... said...

Hmmmm...then it's wise for one to conduct maternity test before leaving the hospital. This is a costly mistake. There was one movie like that...very interesting, but d anomalywas discovered wen d babies were 3

jelly said...

Long 30 years, hmmm this DNA thing should be really taken seriously

Anonymous said...

Pls check for signs and birth marks that the baby is yours before leaving the hospital.... Even without any test I know my baby is so mine with what I see on him ...

Funmi Ajayi said...

Has it been established that the man actually fired the shot???

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