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Babies switched at birth verdict: hospital to pay 3.3M

In Law on January 30, 2009 by Petr Bokuvka Tagged: , , , , ,

(c) Getty Images

(c) Getty Images

Two couples from the town of Trebic, Czech Republic brought home and raised a baby that was not theirs [The Czech Daily Word had the story way over a year ago]. The couples switched the babies back. They underwent therapies. They gave their “real” girls second names they originally had thought they wanted for them.

They sued the hospital and the court had the verdict Friday. The hospital was ordered to pay CZK 3.3 million, i.e. $165,000, even though the couples had wanted 12 million.

Both the defendant and the plaintiffs brought up the issue of emotional harm and how to measure it, or how to convert it into money, to be exact. One of the couples is experiencing huge problems and they are practically inches away from a divorce.

The hospital had initially offered only half a million. This is one of the reasons any of the parties still might appeal the verdict. However, the presiding judge recommended them not to.

This entire scandal started when pub-and-beer buddies of one of the fathers had made fun of him that his baby girl looked nothing like him and that he was not the father. And so he went and took a secret DNA test…

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