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A woman is suing a hospital for £2.5million after finding out she was switched at birth with another baby almost 20 years ago.
The 19-year-old girl realised the shocking error switched at birth 20 20 occurred after doing a DNA test and discovering the people who raised her were not her biological parents.
The Spanish hospital, in La Rioja, has issued an apology, blaming "one-off human error" for the shocking error.
The 19-year-old, who has asked not to be named, was born in 2002 at the San Millan de Logrono Hospital.
Five hours later another baby girl was born and both babies were were both kept in nearby incubators as they were underweight, according to The Daily Star.
However when the girls were removed from the incubators, they were handed over to the wrong parents.
One went on to live with her parents, and the other was raised by a woman who she believed to be her grandmother.
The switch, which was initially reported by the Switched at birth 20 20 Rioja newspaper, was discovered four years ago when one of the girls' grandmothers complained that her father wasn't fulfilling his responsibilities.
A DNA test was then carried out, which revealed that he was not actually the girl's father.
A second DNA test then showed she was not the child of the woman she thought was her mother.
Her counterpart in the swap has reportedly been informed of the switched at birth 20 20 error.
Health authorities in the region insist that there is no corruption at their clinics, and maintain that the two babies being mixed up was merely the result of human error.
Health chief Sara Alba said during a news conference on Tuesday: "It was a human error and we haven't been able to find out who was to blame."
Officials said they were "not aware of any other cases" of babies being switched at birth, and have insisted that such an accident would not happen today.
Alba continued: "The systems back then were different and weren't as computerised as they are now."
Attorney Jose Saez Morga, who is representing one of the swapped girls, told the TVR television network: "In the case of my client, she was born later but was given to the mother who gave birth to the first child. This is negligence so gross that it speaks for itself."
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This Is How Rare Getting Switched At Birth Really Is
Getting switched at birth might sound like the kind of thing that only happens on a Freeform series, but it is a reality people actually experience. In 1998, The Baltimore Sun determined that about 28,000 babies get switched in hospitals each year. It's an alarming number, but it doesn't necessarily mean what you think. All these babies don't end up going home with the wrong family. In fact, most errors are spotted before anyone ever notices.
According to The Joint Commission in Chicago, only eight babies have been switched, in a more serious way, between 1995 and 2008 across 4,500 hospitals nationwide. "When something like this happens, it's considered a sentinel event, meaning it's very serious and requires immediate attention," says Joint Commission spokesperson Elizabeth Zhani. "We work with the organization to determine why it happened and we help them put new procedures into place to make sure it never happens again."
Thankfully, technology has made it easier for hospitals to implement new checks to prevent this from happening.