Families of Babies Switched at Birth Experience Years of Drama and Anguish but Don’t Regret a Thing

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Having a baby is the highlight of some people’s lives. In this case, it completely changed two couple’s lives forever when the hospital made a drastic mistake. If that wasn’t bad, things just got worse and worse for the situation with unimaginable twists of fate. How do the families feel now, 24 years later, about the baby switch?

The Fateful Day

June 29th was a fateful day, but not for the reason these new mothers thought. Paula Johnson went into labor on June 29th, 1995 to give birth to her first daughter, Callie. She was planning on being a single mother. 18-year-old Kevin Chittum and 16-year-old Whitney went into the same hospital to deliver their first daughter, Rebecca. Both families didn’t know each other, and they were excited to begin their new lives as parents. They both weren’t expecting the true outcome of this hospital visit…

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Taking The Test

Labors went smoothly for both moms and they were able to take their babies home with no problems. Three years went by before things got bad. Paula’s daughter’s father asked for a paternity test. He wasn’t convinced that she was his, and he needed to make sure. Things between the two were extremely volatile for a while, that Paula decided to concede and get the test although she knew that he was her father. When the test came back, it turns out that he was not the father, but the rest of the results shocked everyone involved…

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