It’s been a long and arduous trip, but the two babies who were switched at birth in a Philippines hospital will now be reunited with their biological parents. According to the Department of Health, this is the first known case of baby swapping in the Philippines (DOH).
The findings of the second DNA test that the mothers and babies took came out positive in the most recent episode of Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho Sunday, with the chance of maternity at 99.99998 percent.
Aphril and Marvin Sifiata, Margareth Traballo, and Kim Jasper Mulleno both took home the wrong babies after giving birth, according to the findings.
“I’m happy,” Aphril said, adding ” My intuition was right.”
” I’m happy because we will finally be reunited with our baby,” her partner Marvin added.
Aphril, a first-time mum, found something odd about her newborn straight away. She enlisted the aid of KMJS to assess whether or not they had been given the wrong baby at the hospital.
KMJS facilitated Aphril and her baby’s DNA checking earlier this month.
The outcome of the DNA test was negative. Aphril is not biologically linked to the baby she is caring for.
Margareth Traballo and Kim Jasper Mulleno, the other couple involved in the investigation, were both subjected to a DNA test.
Margareth and her baby were exposed to a DNA test, which came out negative. This meant she was not the maternal mother of the baby child.
However, the two negative DNA results do not prove yet that the child under the Mullenos’ care is the Sifiata’s or vice-versa
Both couples underwent a confirmatory DNA test and agreed to return each other’s babies should both test results come back positive.
Both DNA tests came back positive.
” I’m still trying to wrap my head around everything that happened,” Margareth admitted. “I feel overwhelmed. I’m very happy that I’ll finally be with my baby, and they can be with theirs. I’m very grateful. If it weren’t for KMJS, we wouldn’t know the truth.”
According to Kim Jasper, H Vill Hospital and the nurses have already apologised to them and even offered to refund their bill.
While the couple accepted the apology, they, like the Sifiatas, plan to pursue a case against the hospital and whoever else is accountable for the baby-switching incident.
“We want to do what’s right,” Kim Jasper said. “So situations like this will not happen again. This way, it will serve as a lesson to hospitals to follow the proper protocols. They should always be mindful when dealing with newborns.”
The KMJS team has been trying to reach out to the hospital but they have yet to give any statement on the matter.
According to the PRC Board of Medicine Chairperson Dr. Elanor Almoro, they can file an administrative case.
“In cases of this nature, the penalty can range from a reprimand, suspension from practice, or revocation of license. The imposition of penalty will depend upon the deliberation of the entire board en banc,” Dr. Almoro said. ” We have to know who is behind what happened for the criminal complaint.”
Meanwhile, Regulation Licensing Enforcement Division Department of Health — Calabarzon Chief Dra. Hermina L. Palaming said H Vill Hospital is still conducting an investigation on the matter.
” In case they are able to prove that the hospital made a mistake, the hospital will have to pay the fine of P30,000, and then P50,000 and revocation of license,” Dr. Palaming said.
Aphril and Margareth gave birth in January. And after over a month of constant worry and uncertainty, they will finally be able to take their babies home.