A sad story is set in the United States. Two men, almost 78 years old, fear that they were accidentally switched in the hospital shortly after birth. A DNA test shows that they have not lived their lives with their own families.
The two men, John William Carr and Jackie Lee Spencer, were both born on August 29, 1942, in the same American hospital. Last year it became clear that both men did not have a DNA match with the people they knew as their family. Soon after, it turned out that their DNA matched the other’s family.
Spencer always knew that he grew up without his biological father, because this man had left his mother before he was born. So, for more than 50 years, Spencer searched for the person whose name was on his birth certificate as his father. When he finally tracked down his father’s relatives, DNA tests revealed that he was unrelated to this family. He also discovered that he was not related to the woman he knew as his mother.
Still, Spencer did not hesitate and continued his search for his real family.
Spencer did not give up the search, and in this way he discovered a family with whom he did share a blood bond; the Carr family. When Spencer discovered he was born in the same hospital as a member of the Carr family, John William Carr, and on the same day, the men quickly suspected that they had been switched after birth. Carr’s DNA test seemed to confirm this suspicion.
The two elderly men are now suing the hospital where they were born and where they were presumably given to the wrong parents. They say that they have felt the consequences of the exchange throughout their lives. Carr says he has always felt like an outsider in the family. Due to the age of the men, many of their close relatives have already died. As a result, they will never get to know a large part of their biological family.