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Switched At Birth: New Mums Cared For Each Other's Newborn Babies For Three Weeks Before Chance Meeting

14/08/2014 16:54 | Updated 22 May 2015

Close up of twins

Two mothers spent three weeks unknowingly caring for each other's newborn babies after they were switched at birth.

Maria Lorena Gerbeno and Veronica Tejada gave birth to healthy girls at a private clinic in San Juan, Argentia.

Maria had her daughter via C-section and was told by her doctors right after that her baby weighed 6lbs 8 oz.

But when the newborn was handed to her later, staff said she weighed nearly 8lbs 4 ounces and said that she was delivered through breech birth.

It was the news that sparked Maria's suspicions, but despite her questions she was constantly told nothing was untoward.

"I told them that could not be but they said I must have misunderstood. I never got any answers," said Maria.

But her maternal instinct kept whispering to her that something was not right.

And then in a twist of fate Maria ran into Veronica at Sanatorio Argentin clinic when the two went in for a check-up.

The new mums struck up a conversation and soon realised that the birth weights of their respective infants matched up to the ounce.

Determined to uncover the truth, Maria made a criminal complaint and had a judge order DNA testing, which confirmed last week that the babies had been accidentally switched at birth.

Now the mothers have been reunited with their own babies after spending three weeks caring for each other's.

Maria said: "I spent three weeks with a baby that was not my daughter but I gave her all my love and knew that the other mom would do the same."

On Monday, the two women and their spouses finally met in court to be reunited with their children.

The clinic has admitted that a 'mistake' had occurred and stated that it is cooperating with the investigation. Both families are now considering legal action against the hospital.

How extraordinary!

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