- Zoya noticed her daughter looked different when nurses returned her a day after birth
- However, her concerns were dismissed
- 30 years later, an investigation confirmed that she indeed raised the wrong child
A 70-year-old mom from Russia discovered recently that she had raised the wrong daughter for 30 years.
Zoya Tuganova gave birth to her daughter at a hospital in the city of Chelyabinsk in 1987, Briefly.co.za learned.
When nurses returned the baby the following day, she noticed that she looked different. When she raised concerns, nurses dismissed them and instead referred her to a psychiatrist.
In an interview with Siberian Times, Zoya recalled:
[My baby was born] with fair hair, white skin, large eyes. The next day when they brought a child for feeding I looked at her and [she had] a completely different face.
Zoya and her husband named their daughter Katya. Katya has congenital heart disease, but because of Zoya's middle class life, it has been well-managed.
Meanwhile, Zoya's biological daughter was raised by an alcoholic mother and a dad who was later convicted of murder. They named her Lucia.
When Lucia was just 13, she had to move to an orphanage after her "mom" passed away from alcoholism and her "dad" was sent to prison.
At some point during her childhood, she reportedly had to beg for money for food because her parents were not working.
Zoya said although she always suspected that she was raising the wrong child, she only started investigating after her husband passed away. She said:
I watched a [TV] show where two children got mixed up and I started crying out loud.
Fortunately, she was able to track down her biological daughter, Lucia, who now has three children.
A DNA test confirmed the swap that occurred 30 years ago. Zoya is now suing the hospital for 3 million roubles (approximately R5m) in compensation.
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