Mothers, how would you feel if the hospital gives you the wrong baby after you gave birth? This was the unthinkable scenario that new parents Mercy Casanalles and Rich Cushworth fond themselves in as the former delivered their first baby in El Salvador.
Nurses brought baby Moses to Mercy soon after but when they brought him back later, the new mom said it wasn’t the same child. “This is not my baby,” she protested!
Mercy Casanalles complained she got the wrong baby – but the hospital didn’t listen.
The couple had no choice but to take the child home when they returned to Dallas.
Eventually, they decided to have a DNA test.
The pair took the baby boy as their own but realized he had darker skin, as opposed to their baby who had a pale complexion. They later had the idea of getting a DNA test to confirm.
“I would take photos of him and put them next to my husband, trying to find something of us in him. I kept trying to convince myself that he was really ours, that over time we would begin to see a resemblance. But my motherly instincts kept telling me that he wasn’t mine.”
When the results came, they were told there was 0% chance that the baby was their’s.
“I fell on the floor,” recalled Mercy.
The couple wasted no time and immediately traveled to El Salvador. Their story later received media attention and they feared the child was taken by traffickers.
“We just want them to give us our son back. It’s a horrible situation. I have a child and I don’t know where he is.”
The hospital insisted that babies weren’t switched but local authorities still launched an investigation.
Alejandro Guidos, Mercy’s doctor, was later arrested as he was suspected to have ‘orchestrated the switch and working with a trafficking gang,” according to reports. Charges, however, were later dropped.
“I just want him to give me my baby back. I want to know that my child hasn’t been trafficked or any other crime committed against him. I need my baby, I’m just asking for my baby.”
DNA tests were later done to four baby boys born on the same day at the hospital – and one of them matched to Mercy.
Finally, the couple found baby Moses.
After months of legal issues, Mercy and Rich finally got baby Moses his own birth certificate and passport.
So they finally got to take him home with them to Dallas.
“It’s been a long and painful process and I just can’t believe we have this beautiful little miracle boy here with us.”
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