Babies Swapped at Birth
Posted by shadmia on October 12, 2007
This sort of thing is not supposed to happen. Jaroslava Trojanova and Jaroslava Cermakova, both 25, gave birth in the southern Czech town of Trebic last December. However due to a mix-up at the hospital, the babies were given to the wrong mothers. The mistake arose when nurses failed to write the children’s surnames on their leg bracelets. The two women left the hospital believing that they each had their own biological child. It would be 10 months before the mistake was discovered.
At the hospital there were warning signs that all was not right. Jaroslava Trojanova and Jaroslava Cermakova, gave birth just 18 minutes apart, both had baby girls. Both sets of parents were puzzled when their baby’s weight seemed to change overnight. The next day Trojanova’s baby whom she named Nikola, weighed less than 6lbs, compared with a birth weight of more than 7lbs. Cermakova’s child, Veronika, appeared to have put on 1.65lb overnight. The hospital staff reassured both sets of parents the birth weights must have been recorded wrongly.
The blunder only came to light when Miss Trojanova’s partner Libor Broza was stung by workmates’ jibes that blonde baby Nikola looked nothing like the couple, who are both dark. He decided to have a DNA test done secretly and discovered that he was not the baby’s father. Libor confronted his girlfriend with the DNA results and accused her of cheating on him. She insisted that he was indeed the father and had her own DNA test done. The result shocked both of them. She was not the baby’s mother.
Two weeks later, they discovered their real daughter, Veronika, was living with Mrs Cermakova and her husband Jan in a village 20 miles away. Both couples now plan to sue Trebic Hospital in Brno in the Czech Republic. The hospital has declined to comment publicly but its director Petr Mayer this week delivered a written apology to the couples.
Lorry driver Libor said: “It was a total shock. I just cried for two hours solid and Jaroslava was inconsolable. We have raised Nikola for the past 10 months. She’s a beautiful little girl who’s always smiling and it’s impossible to imagine her now living apart from us. But at the same time just 20 miles away lives our real daughter.”
He added: “We have missed so many milestones in Veronika’s life – her first teeth and her first steps. Now we are determined not to miss her first birthday and her first Christmas.”
The two mums given the wrong babies, are saying painful goodbyes to the little girls they have loved for 10 months. Babies Nikola and Veronika will be reunited full-time with their biological mums just before Christmas. Mums Jaroslava Trojanova and Jaroslava Cermakova, met last week to plan the swap. They agreed to gradually spend more and more time together before the final handover………that was the plan, anyway. Now things have changed.
The two women, who have cared for the girls for ten months, said they could not go through with the exchange agreed to earlier.
Miss Trojanova was adamant she could not give up her non-biological baby. “I cannot even begin to imagine a life without Nikola,” said the factory worker. “How can I now see her as someone else’s child and not my own?”
Mrs Cermakova, who is pregnant again, also insisted she would not hand over the girl she was given. “I have loved my daughter for almost a year now,” she said. “This time cannot be erased from my heart. But I will learn to love my other, biological daughter too.”
Disagreeing with his partner, Mr Broza, 29, insisted he wanted to take home his real daughter Veronika.
“We are facing a horrible dilemma and the mothers are suffering the most,” he said. “But we will eventually need to swop our babies back. I would like to have my own daughter, although my love for Nikola will never diminish.”
Mr Cermakova, who is out of work, said:
“We are completely clueless as how to go about this, it is such a horrible situation. But we agree on one thing: our daughters will have four parents. We will raise them together as one big family. We are bonded together for ever by this terrible fate of ours. My wife and I, we say that we will have two daughters from now on. It would be impossible to simply give up on our baby, even if we are not the biological parents.”
The Cermakovas live in Trebic, 30 minutes’ drive from Jablonov, the home village of Mr Broza and Miss Trojanova. Mr Cermakova, 26, said the families-were considering whether they could settle in the same place. The county court in Zdar Nad Sazavou ruled yesterday that the birth certificates would not be changed and that the couples should simply swop babies. That means that Nikola will legally assume Veronika’s identity and vice versa.
TO BE CONTINUED…….