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Spanish Twins, Separated at Birth, Sue for Millions


You know that movie Big Business where Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin play twins switched at birth? This is like that, but in Spain — and with a lawsuit. What happened?

In 1973, a set of identical twins were accidentally separated at birth. One of the twins was allegedly removed from her crib shortly after birth and accidentally replaced with another girl. To see how they figured out what happened read more.

Fast forward to 2001, a woman was working in a clothing shop in Las Palmas, Canary Islands, and was shocked when one of her regular customers and frequent shoppers suddenly claimed to have no recollection of ever shopping at her store or of knowing who the clerk was. When the same woman walked by a second time, the store employee asked if she would indulge her by meeting someone who often shopped in the store. The two identical women eventually met, setting in motion a very odd legal case currently taking place.

The attorney representing the real twins defended their case: "The first right of any child is the right to their own personal and family identity. In this case, that right has been violated." The reunited twins are now suing for millions in damages along with the woman who was mistakenly raised in place of the missing twin.

Do they have a case? Was it a simple accident, or a life-ruining event?

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