Please forward this error screen to 192. Babies switched at birth are babies who, because of either error or malice, are interchanged with each other at birth or very soon thereafter, leading to the babies being preparing the house for the birth of the child raised by parents who are not their biological parents.
The plot device of babies who are switched at birth, or in their cradles, has been a common one in American fiction since the 18th century. It is one of the several identifiable characteristics of melodrama that are plot devices dealing with situations that are highly improbable in real life. The use of this common theme has continued ever since. The device was used a number of times by W. Gilbert, including in the Gilbert and Sullivan comic operas H. Baby switching storylines are a staple of daytime drama, as in the case of The Young and the Restless mentioned above. 1979, in which prostitute Katrina Karr, who had planned to put her child up for adoption as soon as it was born, and former nun Jenny Vernon both gave birth to girls at the same hospital, at the same time.
As they knew Katrina had planned to give up her baby girl, Karen and Marco switched the newborns. In 2008, another One Life to Live storyline saw Starr Manning pregnant with Cole Thornhart’s baby. Her cousin Jessica Brennan was also pregnant with her late husband’s baby. Tess, one of Jessica’s alter personalities, had taken control of Jessica’s life and went into premature labor. Possibly the most complex storyline involving the switched-at-birth plot device ran simultaneously on All My Children and One Life to Live. Kelly Cramer Buchanan, as well as many other characters. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, the baby Aegon Targaryen was switched with a commoner’s baby at some point prior to the Sack of King’s Landing in order to save him from being killed during the rebellion against the Targaryen dynasty.
In real life, such a switch occurs rarely. Since many cases of babies switched at birth are likely undocumented or unknown, the following is presumably not an exhaustive list. In 1931, at the Leiden University Medical Center, female babies Agnes van Vegten and Lenie van Duyn were switched. Suspicions did not rise until two decades later, when the girls met at a wedding and wondered at their mutual likeness to each other’s family. Mary Miller immediately suspected that a switch had occurred, as the baby she received weighed a full two pounds less than at the hospital. In 1953, at Pioneer Memorial Hospital in Heppner, Oregon, two babies were switched. In May 2009, the women discovered they were switched.
In March 1953, at San-Ikukai Hospital in Tokyo’s Sumida Ward, hospital staff mistook a baby boy for another baby boy born 13 minutes later. This story was referred to as the tale of the Japanese “prince and pauper. Sixty years later, a 60-year-old Japanese truck driver discovered he was switched at birth after being born to a rich family. The man was raised by a single mother in a 100-square-foot apartment. In 1975, at least two known cases occurred in Norway House, Manitoba of babies being switched at birth at the Norway House Hospital: Luke Monias and Norman Barkman, and Leon Swanson and David Tait Jr. The Mixed-Up Brothers of Bogotá refers to two sets of identical twins that got separated at birth in 1988 and were raised as nonidentical twins. In 1992, it was discovered that Canadians Brent Tremblay and Marcus Holmes had been switched at birth 21 years earlier.