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Polish Twins Swapped as Infants Get Damages From Court

When Kasia and Nina were two weeks old they came down with pneumonia. Their parents took the identical twins to a Warsaw hospital. While being treated, staff accidently mixed up Nina with another baby girl Edyta.

Edyta and Kasia were returned to the original parents, and doctors told them that the girls were not identical twins as first suspected. They also mentioned that Nina's slight foot deformity had miraculously gone away. (Don't trust miracles?)

Fast-forward 17 years, and the real Nina and Kasia had a chance meeting in Warsaw, after a mutual friend recognized their similar appearances. The two realize they must be twins, and a DNA test confirmed it.

The discovery took a heavy toll on the families, and a Polish court has just awarded the families over $500,000 in damages. The medical authorities were also forced to admit their error. Do you think the families deserved a monetary award?


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SKC-Sparkle SKC-Sparkle 8 years
This is crazy! It sounds like a soap opera drama or something. They definitely deserve compensation - what a mess!
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
Monetary, no because I don't think the blood makes a family... I think they are lucky that they now get to have another sister, daughter friend in their lives. I think the the hospital should be penalized and that their regulatory board in Poland should keep a tight reign on that hospital. Also force the hospital to go through old records and make sure that similar mistakes were not made.
silversnowflake silversnowflake 8 years
Absolutely. That must have been an ordeal. I can only imagine the amount of stress and doubt that both families went through.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
How horrible. I most definitely think they deserved compensation. The psychological trauma from this is off the charts.
clarabelle98 clarabelle98 8 years
Being a separated at birth twin myself, yes they deserve compensation! The years and turmoil an identical twin can feel when that "part" of them is missing can become unbearable. It can cause all kind of psychological and emotional issues.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
Yes OMG yes! Not to mention that they've been raised by the wrong families but their whole life's accomplishments have been under the wrong name. If they want to get their real identities back they're going to have to go through a lot of paperwork.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
Wow. Thats crazy!
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
Especially when you consider how much they must have spent in their struggle to get the hospitals to admit their error and the subsequent counseling the parents are having. I'm surprised the award was so low.
flutterpie flutterpie 8 years
i cannot imagine being put in this situation but at the same time i cannot help to wonder who is really going to foot this $500,000 bill...the patients of the hospital that screwed up or the polish taxpayers?
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
This must have been devastating to both of these families and so yes they were owed something.
Roarman Roarman 8 years
Without a doubt they deserved it.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
Yes. Absolutely. How troubling for all involved.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
this quote from the article is a little troubling: "You have to remember that these were Communist times. You didn't ask too many questions in hospitals in those days."
skigurl skigurl 8 years
yes they definitely did deserve some compensation (surprised it was so low actually)...this is a crazy hear of babies being swapped but because this was a set of TWINS you'd think the differences would have made the error that much more would have something to compare the child to....
geebers geebers 8 years
Um....yes?? That's a pretty awful medical error.
Myst Myst 8 years
Well yes of course they do.
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