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  • The Other Couple Involved In Baby Switching Case Believes They Brought The Right Child Home

    There is also a possibility that a third family is involved.
    by Kitty Elicay .
The Other Couple Involved In Baby Switching Case Believes They Brought The Right Child Home
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  • Earlier this month, parents were horrified to learn that a case of baby switching happened in Rizal province, after couple Aprhil and Marvian Sifiata were able to confirm through a DNA test that the baby they are caring for was not theirs.

    Now, the other couple allegedly involved in the case is speaking up. But according to the husband and wife, they believe that they were able to bring the right child home.

    In an interview with GMA-7 program Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho, Margareth and Kim Mulleno shared their side of the story. Margareth says that unlike Aphril, she was able to feel that lukso ng dugo’ when she saw their baby. The infant also looked a lot like her husband.

    “The very first moment na nakita ko siya, it [felt] like nakatingin ako sa baby pictures ko. Nakikita ko ‘yung sarili ko sa kanya,” Kim told host Jessica Soho. The couple added that there was nothing unusual during their hospital stay.

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    Previously, Aphril said that their suspicions about having the wrong baby heightened after their aunt noticed that the name tag attached to their child had the wrong surname and birth date.

    But Kim addressed the issue by saying that he asked the staff to change their baby’s name tag because his surname was spelled wrong. “Nagpapalit ako ng spelling sa crib niya kasi MO instead na MU sa apelyido ko,” he said.

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    They only realized that there was a problem when the hospital contacted them to ask about the tag and for a photo of their baby. They were also told that there was a possibility that a case of baby switching happened.

    “After two days yata noong nakauwi kami, nagpunta sila (hospital) to explain na baka nga nagkaroon ng baby switching since may isa pang baby na may kaparehas ng tag ng sa amin na apelyido niya ‘yung nakalagay,” Margareth explains.

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    “Nanghina ako, nanlamig ako,” the mom shared. “Pero siyempre, alam ko na anak ko ‘yung nasa amin. Kasi kamukha nga nung tatay.”

    Despite her belief, Margareth allowed herself and her baby to undergo DNA testing to help resolve the case.

    While they are waiting for the results, a lawyer whom the program consulted revealed the possibility that other families may also be involved with the baby switching case.

    “Kailangan magkaroon ng match ‘yung baby, because we don’t know kung ilang babies ‘yung involved dito sa baby switching. We’re just presuming na two families lang ang affected. But if there were actually three babies na naibigay sa iba-ibang family, we cannot rule that possibility out,” said Atty. Christian Sia in the interview.

    In case the results prove the babies were switched, both families promised to give the infants to their rightful parents. “If the DNA would prove otherwise, then baby namin ‘yung nasa kanila, we should have it,” Kim says. “Whatever the results will be, comply lang po kami dun sa tama.”

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    Both Aphril and Margareth are first-time moms and this ordeal has been a nightmare for them. “This isn’t supposed to happen [and] for firstborn for two families. So, sobrang nakakaawa for us and the other family, even though medyo less on our side ’cause we firmly believe na tama naman yung baby na nakuha namin since wala namang naging issue,” Margareth said.

    “You feel the connection tapos biglang may ganito,” he adds.

    According to the program, the hospital where Aphril and Margareth gave birth have yet to give a statement about the incident.

    Watch the full episode below:

    How can you ensure that the baby you gave birth to in the hospital is the one you are bringing home? Click here for some tips.

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