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Compensation for the families of two French babies who had been accidentally swapped at birth.


A court in Grasse, southern France, has ordered a Cannes maternity clinic to pay nearly €2m in damages to two families whose babies were accidentally swapped at birth 20 years ago. The two baby girls had been treated for jaundice in the same incubator. Their mothers had suspected a mix up at the time, but had been persuaded that they had the correct baby. Ten years later persisting doubts led one family to prove they had the wrong child using DNA tests. The families decided against swapping the girls back, but pursued compensation in the courts.


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Commentaries by Editor Prof. Jim Thornton