Children Switched At Birth Refuse To Be Swapped Back

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Two children switched at birth are refusing to return to their biological family after becoming become attached to the parents who've raised them.

Born in an Indian hospital, the boys were delivered within minutes of each other, but were given to the wrong families.

To make the situation even more climactic, the boys come from completely different backgrounds. One set of the parents are tribal Hindu, while the other is Muslim.

According to the BBC, it took authorities two years and nine months to deliver the DNA test results, proving what both families had long suspected.

But despite the mix-up, the parents have unanimously decided to raise each other's children.

Shahabuddin Ahmed said he took his wife, Salma Parbin, to the Mangaldai Civil Hospital on March 11, 2015 to give birth to their son, and were discharged the day later. It wouldn't be until a week later when Salma voiced her suspicions.

"A week later, my wife told me, 'This baby is not ours.' I said, 'What are you saying? You shouldn't talk like this about an innocent child.' But my wife said there was a Bodo tribal lady in the labour room and 'I think our babies have been switched'. I didn't believe her, but she kept insisting," Shahabuddin explained.

Salma said she had doubts Jonait was biologically theirs.

"When I saw his face, I had doubts. I remembered the face of the other woman in the labor room and he resembled her. I could make out from his eyes. He's got small eyes, no-one in my family has eyes like that," Salma said.

Shortly after, Shahabuddin went to the hospital to inquire about the potential swap, but his suspicions were dismissed, with an employee even suggesting his wife needed psychiatric help.

Unable to take no for an answer, he submitted a right to information petition asking the hospital for the details of all the babies born around the same time as Jonait.

He eventually received the details of seven mothers who gave birth that day, where one "tribal lady" stood out. She along with his wife delivered sons who weighed 6lbs 6oz within five minutes of each other. They wrote to Anil and Shewali Boro, and quickly decided to arrange a trip to meet the Hindu family in a neighboring village 19 miles away.

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