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Tokyo Hospital Mix-Up: Switched Babies Lead to Starkly Different Lives, Lawsuit Ensues

Switched-at-birth case in Tokyo's San-Ikukai Hospital results in contrasting lives; an impoverished man sues for damages and is awarded a fraction of the sought compensation.

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Tokyo Hospital Mix-Up: Switched Babies Lead to Starkly Different Lives, Lawsuit Ensues

Tokyo Hospital Mix-Up: Switched Babies Lead to Starkly Different Lives, Lawsuit Ensues

In a shocking case of mistaken identity, two babies were accidentally switched at birth in San-Ikukai Hospital, Tokyo, leading to drastically different lives for the families involved. 

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One man, raised in poverty, discovered his true lineage almost six decades later, prompting feelings of regret and longing for the life he never had.

Victim: I feel regret and also anger. I want them to turn back the clock.

The victim, a truck driver living on welfare, expressed his profound sadness at not being raised by his birth parents and missing out on a life of luxury. 

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Victim: When I found out about my true parents, I wish I was brought up by them. That’s the truth. When I was handed the photograph of my [real] parents, it made me want to see them. Every time I see their photograph, for several months tears would well up.

Contacted by his biological siblings in 2009, he learned of the mix-up and subsequently sued the hospital for the damage caused to his life. Despite winning the case, he was awarded a fraction of the compensation he sought.

Judge Masatoshi Miyasaka acknowledged the profound emotional toll on all parties involved, expressing the impossibility of quantifying their pain. In the aftermath of the ruling, the impoverished man found solace in spending time with his newfound brothers, bonding over shared experiences and forging deeper connections.

Judge Masatoshi Miyasaka: It is impossible to assess the scale of the pain and disappointment both the parents and the man had to suffer, as they were deprived of opportunities to enjoy their parent-child relationship forever.

 

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