You’ve probably heard of strange ‘switched at birth’ stories over the years, both fact and fiction. Last month, a new story broke of two girls who were discovered to be switched at birth, 39 years late.
Valentina Suman and Tatyana Muradyan were born in the same hospital room in Moldova on March 27, 1978. When their nurses took the babies to give them a bath, they returned them to the wrong mothers.
When the mothers left the hospital, both babies had trouble eating and would constantly cry for the first few months, but neither mother suspected it to be because the baby was not theirs.
Anatoliy Lashtur grew up hearing rumors that his sister Tatyana was another woman’s child, but they dismissed these rumors at first.
But then in 1999, as their family was getting ready to move to the United States, they began to investigate these rumors. It just so happened that a nearby neighbor knew both families and approached them about the possibility.
“She knew us. She knew the other family, and she knew that both kids were having problems after the hospital,” said Lashtur. “As they grew up, I guess she could tell that the other kid looked a lot like our family and the kid that we had looked like their family.”
They tried to find the other family before moving to the US but were unable to do so. It wasn’t until over a decade later that the neighbor finally found a name - Valentina Suman. Now living in North Carolina, Lashtur, Tatyana, and their younger sister Victoria searched for the name on Facebook and found a match.
After reaching out to Valentina, they found out that they indeed had the same birthday and birthplace. Once they saw her baby pictures, they grew more convinced that a switch likely did happen. She looked a lot like their family.
This October, their families appeared on a Russian television show that does DNA tests, and the DNA tests came back positive. The baby switch rumor ended up to be true.
On this show, Valentina was able to meet her biological mother. “We went backstage and met for the first time, and we hugged and cried,” Lashtur said. “It was one of those experiences that you know doesn’t happen a lot, and when it does, you’ll never forget it. Everybody was crying.” Sadly, her biological father passed away recently and was never able to meet Valentina.
Lashtur says that his relationship and love for his now non-biological sister Tatyana will never change. “I talked to her, and I told her that nothing changes between us. The only difference is I gain a sister. We are brother and sister. We love her and nothing is ever going to change that.”
What do you think of this story of Tatyana and Valentina? Do you think you would be able to suspect that one of your family members was not related?
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