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Re: [genpcncfir] adoptions and orphans

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  • Carol Singh
    Dear Doris, I imagine that it was VERY common when the only identification was those little bracelets. I may be judging my fellow nurses too harshly, but I
    Message 1 of 22 , Jul 31, 2003
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      Dear Doris, I imagine that it was VERY common when the
      only identification was those little bracelets. I may
      be judging my fellow nurses too harshly, but I believe
      that very few would risk the disciplinary action of
      reporting having lost an infant's bracelet themselves
      and not knowing whose child the infant really was. It
      would be a lesser problem today, of course, but I
      would not say the same was the case before DNA testing
      when whose baby (especially in contested paternity
      cases and unwed mothers)was a matter of "he said,"
      "she said." There are probably, if truth be known,
      thousands of children across America today whose
      parentage will never come to light until there's a
      medical or other need for testing. My brothers and I
      were born at home, so we know who we are. Our baby
      sister was the first of us born in the new hospital in
      Greenville. Before Mama left for the hospital to have
      her, I told Mama that if she brought home another boy,
      then she needed to tell them she had the wrong baby!
      As much as I love my brothers and as proud of them
      both as I am, I badly wanted a little sister. At five
      years old, I thought getting babies was like ordering
      from the Sears catalogue. If you didn't like what you
      got, you simply exchanged it: "Satisfaction
      guaranteed, or your money back." It's funny how catchy
      advertising phrases stick in children's heads. Later,
      --- Doris <ginlu@...> wrote:
      > I wonder just how commonplace this was ....
      > When my second child was born, there was another
      > person who gave birth to a child within 30 minutes,
      > and as strange as it seems, these parents were named
      > Dorothy Jean & Richard John Pierce....our names:
      > Doris Jo & Robert Joseph Peirce...
      > Fortunately, they had a boy and we had a girl...but
      > we both went home the same day, and the two
      > grandmothers were there to help dress the
      > babies....the only thing that caught it was the
      > different gender of the children....you should have
      > heard the surprised grandmothers when they went to
      > diaper their new grandbaby!!!
      > When our fourth baby was born, she was premature and
      > had a difficult time for awhile.....one of my
      > girlfriends from high school had a little preemie
      > baby girl the same day. Both the babies had a head
      > full of black hair by the time we got to take them
      > home, and they were switched when they were given to
      > us....the little bracelets had fallen off thier
      > ankles because they were so tiny... mine had eyes
      > shaped like mine, and my husband said " you have my
      > baby" when he looked at the other couple....so we
      > went back and they had to check....this baby was the
      > only one of my 5 children to have B- bloodtype, just
      > like mine; all the other 4 are O+ like my
      > husband's!!
      > I've often wondered just how often this happened
      > without being caught.....
      > It could be even easier when there's an adoption
      > involved, wouldn't you think?
      > Doris....A Texan in Georgia.....
      > still shaking the family tree
      > and dodging the nuts after 30+ years!!!
      > ----- Original Message -----
      > From: Carol Singh
      > To: genpcncfir@yahoogroups.com
      > Sent: Wednesday, July 30, 2003 4:32 PM
      > Subject: Re: [genpcncfir] adoptions and orphans
      > Dear Evelyn, I haven't forgotten you. Just this
      > weekend on Channel Six in Richmond, Virginia
      > (WTVR,
      > Channel 6--its official handle) on 48 Hours
      > Investigates was the story of two baby girls
      > switched
      > at birth. The dad of one was dying. From the
      > moment
      > his youngest daughter had come home from the
      > hospital,
      > he had declared that she was not his child.
      > Imagine
      > the surprise when he and the daughter had DNA
      > testing,
      > and she was not his. Moreover, his wife was not
      > the
      > child's mother either. Fortunately, the hospital
      > was a
      > small one. Only one other Mom delivered that
      > night,
      > and she also had a daughter. To make a long story
      > short, the girls were switched; nobody knows how
      > or
      > why. Through a person called a legal
      > representative,
      > twenty states with sealed adoption records allow
      > inspection of those records. The immediary in the
      > case
      > was Anne Robinson; she does multi-state records.
      > You
      > can probably get a tape of the broadcast from
      > Channel
      > 6 here; there you can see the rest of what you
      > need to
      > know. I truly hope that this information is the
      > answer
      > you seek. Later, Carol
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