Two French families whose daughters were accidentally swapped at birth have won nearly 2 million euros in damages.
Point of view
You find yourself in front of a woman who is biologically your mother, but who is a stranger.
The switch happened at a clinic in Cannes after the babies had been treated in the same incubator in 1994. For Manon Serrano, now 20, it brings a disturbing episode to a close.
“The money means nothing to me to be honest, it won’t change anything,” she said, fighting back tears. “The most important thing is that the clinic can’t blame the mothers anymore, now it’s been proved that it was to blame, it’ll have to take responsibility, they’ll all have to take responsibility for this horrible act they committed, until the end of their days.”
Both mothers had apparently raised doubts over the mix-up at the time, but it took a DNA test ten years later to prove their fears. However, both daughters decided to remain with the families who raised them.
Describing the moment when she met her real mother, Manon said “You find yourself in front of a woman who is biologically your mother, but who is a stranger.”