Police help mother looking for baby switched at birth 42 years ago

Upon a story that a mother in Hanoi was given wrong baby in a maternity hospital in Hanoi 42 years ago, police in Ba Dinh District yesterday decided to open an investigation to help her find her biological baby and biological mother of the baby who she has taken care of during  42 years as her daughter.

After checking old documents kept in Police stations, around 600 women gave birth in Hanoi's hospitals on October 10, 1974 when Ms. Nguyen Thi Mai Hanh, the mother in the story, delivered the baby.

Understanding that the deed is humane and it takes long time to verify the mother and the baby, many police officers jumped into investigation; and then ADN test is needed to find out real biological mother and baby of the story.

Ms. Nguyen Thi Mai Hanh, 64, in 75 Quan Thanh Street in Ba Dinh District said that she gave birth to a baby girl on October 10, 1974 in a maternity hospital at 12 Le Truc Street. She was given the number 33 to distinguish with other mothers yet the baby nurses gave back to her had he number 32. She did question nurses who confirmed the baby was her biological baby.

However, with a premonition of a mother, she believed that she was mistakenly given wrong newborn; therefore, she and her husband went around the facility with the hope to find out their right baby. Unfortunately, their efforts were unrewarded yet Ms Hanh still raised the wrong baby and loved her as much as their biological baby.

The baby was named Ta Thi Thu Trang. Time flied but she was always wondering whether Trang is her biological. Subsequently, in 1998, she silently asked for a DNA test which showed that Trang is not her biological baby.

After many sleepless nights, in October , 2015 she decided to tell the truth to Trang, expecting that Trang can find out her real parents by herself.

By Quoc Lap - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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