Two families discovered the error when the children were 4 years old, but decided not to change anything.
Zhi Guohua gave birth to a healthy baby boy in Suichang County, China in September 1983. Luo Suhui also gave birth to a boy in the same emergency department the following day.
The newborns were cared for by staff at Suichang People’s Hospital and returned to their parents three days later. But as it turned out, not for those in need.
The doctors’ error was only revealed four years later, in April 1987. “When our son was a few years old, people started saying he wasn’t like us. We had a nanny and many said the baby was more like her than her parents,” Zhi Guohua said.
Guohua’s sister-in-law was a schoolteacher at the time. The girl noticed that one of the boys in her group looked incredibly like Zhi’s husband. Boy Li Hui, now 34, was living with Luo and her husband Li at the time.
When Zhi saw the child, she immediately said it was her son. Two families went for a DNA test, and the results confirmed their fears. Suhui and Guohua sued Suichang People’s Hospital in November this year.
The hospital paid them 1,000 yuan (about $150) in compensation. But the two families were faced with the most difficult choice: what to do with the boys they raised as their own for four years.
Zhi’s husband wanted his son back. It seemed right to him. But his wife had other thoughts. “Despite the fact that we were aware of the confusion, I could not give back.
He himself would not want to go to another family. – Zhi Guohua After a long and difficult argument with her family, Zhi managed to convince her husband and the Suhui family to let the boys stay where they grew up.
The children will live with their adoptive parents and can return to their biological family when they grow up. In addition, they lived 10 minutes from each other.
The only condition the two couples agreed to was that the boys be given their biological father’s surname, followed by their adoptive father’s surname. Zhi is sure that the decision to “leave everything as it is” was the best decision of their lives.
It also helped bring them together, turning two families of three into one big family of six. Zhi said the boys always attended the same school and often went to visit each other with family.