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DNA test confirms identity of newborns in KKH baby mix-up

Published on Nov 27, 2012 11:55 AM
 
The two sets of parents who were given the wrong newborns to take home from KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH), have the correct babies now, according to DNA tests of the parents and babies. -- ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

The two sets of parents who were given the wrong newborns to take home from KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH), have the correct babies now, according to DNA tests of the parents and babies.

KKH said in a statement on Tuesday that the DNA results were received on Nov 23 from the Health Science Authority and the hospital has been in close contact with both families to inform them of the results.

The parents were reunited with their newborns on Nov 18, the day the mix-up happened, but they were upset by the mistake and had asked for DNA tests to confirm that the baby they took home is really theirs.

KKH chief executive, Prof Kenneth Kwek said: "The hospital is very appreciative of the exceptional efforts made by HSA in confirming the DNA results as it has provided comfort and further assurance to the parents."

 
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