What Would You Do If You Found Out That You Were Switched At Birth?

Philippines
June 30, 2010 10:55am CST
Oh this is just a question guys. I am watching this soap opera series and there are these 2 girls who were accidentally switched at birth at the hospital by the nurse. One was taken home by a rich couple and the other was taken home by a struggling single mom. Both girls went to the same school and are classmates. The rich girl is sweet and kind while the other is intelligent but a big troublemaker and envious. This was found out when the rich little kid was involved in a car accident and lost a lot of blood. Both of her parents could not donate blood because they were type "o" and the girl was type b. The rich girl's dad tried to find out the truth and found out that there had been a switch. He went to the woman who took care of his daughter and he told her that they a switch happened. Well to make the story short the poor girl found out that she was actually the rich couple's daughter and went to their house. However both moms refused to give up their daughters but in the end they went back to their families. Hehehe I do not know what's next because it has not been shown but it got me wondering what would have I done if I found out about the switch? Would I go back to my real parents or prefer to stay with the parents I knew. Up until now I do not know what to think. Perhaps if I was really poor I would have done the same go to my real parents so I could have a better life. But on the other hand if I had been the rich girl ahh.. perhaps I would not go back! What about you? Care to share some thoughts?
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@dawnald (84156)
• Shingle Springs, California
30 Jun 10
Assuming my "parents" were good people and I loved them, I would probably want to stay with them and get to know the other people. If they were horrible parents, I'd be so out of there. :D
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• Philippines
1 Jul 10
Lol that's always the thing if they are horrible we all wanna run away but if they were great we all wanna stay lol....
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@oldchem1 (8144)
30 Jun 10
I would be amazed as I am the image of my mother!!
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@BarBaraPrz (17561)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
1 Jul 10
So am I.
@rovian (1928)
• United States
30 Jun 10
I would want to know who my real parents were, and if I had any siblings. Probably spend some time with them so we can learn about each other. Choosing who I live with will depend on what the other child wants. If he wants to stay with the people who raised him, so would I. If he wanted to switch, so would I. It won't be that big of a deal to me because I am in college. When I graduate, it will be time for me to move on by getting a job, my own house, and a car. If the real family was having some kind of family-get-together celebration, it won't kill me to show up to some of them for a few minutes.
• Philippines
1 Jul 10
What if the other child wants a switch because she was living in a mess and would love to be able to taste the finer things in life? Let's say you are in college but then you still need the financial help from your "parents" to be able to graduate. If they unswitch you, you will not be able to go to school because your biological parents could not afford to pay for school fees, would you still go on with the switch? What would you do and how would you feel?
@rovian (1928)
• United States
2 Jul 10
These are things I didn't think of. I would prefer to stay with the people who raised me because that would be the life I know. If the real family was in a mess, I would refuse to do a switch. If the "parents" chose to stop paying the college fees, my only option would be to find another way to pay for it, and if that was not possible, then it would be time to work. If needed, leave college and think about returning a few years later if possible.
@phyrre (2324)
• United States
30 Jun 10
I'd be excited to get rid of my family! xD Nah, just kidding. Besides, with my luck I'd get a bunch that were just as dysfunctional as my family is now...hehe. It always amazes me in cases like this. I think if I found out I was switched at birth I would try to get to know my biological parents, but I wouldn't leave the parents that raised and loved me. In my mind, they would always be my "real" parents because genes really don't matter to me so much as love and family do. I think it would be neat to have a second family like that and to have someone that would be like a sister to me that I could share the ordeal with, but I wouldn't want to give up my life or change things as they are.
• Philippines
30 Jun 10
What if they want to unswitch you what would you possibly do? Will you be offended if they do that? Will you go with what they want?
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@phyrre (2324)
• United States
30 Jun 10
I would be highly offended if they wanted to "unswitch" us. After raising me for 16 years, I would hope that I would mean more to my family than that, regardless of whether I'm their biological daughter or not. I could understand wanting to get to know the other child, but I wouldn't want to switch to a completely new family and have to live with them and everything. It would be devastating to me and I would probably sever all ties with the family that raised me if they could dismiss me that easily. I don't need people like that around me if they can't respect me at all.
• Philippines
30 Jun 10
Whoa. If I'll experience that and I am the poor.. I won't go back to my real parent, even though they're rich. Because, I love my mom! :D I won't go there just because they're rich.. :) I won't leave my mother's side! Even though she's not my real mother. At least, the love she gave and has shown to me is super real! :D :D
• Philippines
30 Jun 10
What if she isn't good to you? If she is struggling to make a living and she is always angry because life is pretty hard on her and she could not give you the things you needed let alone food on the table is hard would you still stay with her? If she does not show you the love that you wanted and give you a bright future would you still stay?
• Philippines
30 Jun 10
Awwww. If she doesn't love me, I would rather go to my real parents. :( And I'll try to find love, a motherly love. But If she's like always angry and struggling to make a living, I'll stay with her. :D
@geojb90 (471)
• Romania
30 Jun 10
It's a very interesting story. I personally would be very confused and wouldn't know what to believe. If I would have a decent life maybe I would just go and see who my real parents are and find out what kind of person they are and maybe I would stay and live with them if they will offer me family love and not be treated like a stranger. It's difficult to be in this situation because they say your parents are those who give you birth, but also your parents can be those who raise you. Tough decision.
• Philippines
30 Jun 10
I agree this is a tough tough decision. What if the parents you knew really loved you and can offer you a great future as opposed to your birth parents who cannot promise to give you a good future which would you choose? Let's say you birth mom is living in the slums and had barely to get through by the day and not so great attitude?
@geojb90 (471)
• Romania
30 Jun 10
Well if I would be the child who has his birth parents very poor I wouldn't want to go and live the rest of my life with them because I would make their situation even more difficult because I was used to have everything I needed where I grown up. Plus I'm sure they wouldn't want them for me to stay with them because I'm sure they would think of my future and wouldn't want to ruin it. However I would visit them everyday and I would help them with whatever I can. It would be very sad to think your real parents have problems and you can do very little to help them. But we all get passed these hard times in life so we have to keep on walking an have faith in each other.
@dorannmwin (36696)
• United States
2 Jul 10
I'm going to preface what I'm going to say with the fact that there is no way that I could have been switched at birth because I am the picture of my mother when she was several years younger. That said, I don't think that I would ever be able to abandon the parents that I had always known as my own parents because being a parent myself I know what a parent devotes to their children. It would be nice to know the people that had made me who I am physiacally, but I would never be able to choose them over the parents that I had always known because the history wouldn't exist between us.
• Philippines
2 Jul 10
I guess it would really be very awkward being forced to like the parents that you have never known. It would be hard either to stay with the parents you have known when the real child wants to take her place and absolutely hate you for being where she should have been...it's complicated I guess.
@BarBaraPrz (17561)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
1 Jul 10
Point of fact: Type O- is known as the "universal donor", because everyone can recieve it. Most people can receive type O+... But people with type O- can only receive type O-
• Philippines
2 Jul 10
Yup that is right but then you cannot have a child who is type B when both you and your partner is type B. That would really be impossible.
• United States
30 Jun 10
To me, my ''real'' parents would always be the ones who raised me and took care of me for all this time so even if I found out I was switched at birth, I would stay with my real parents. It's possible. I heard a statistics that said everyday six babies worldwide are given to the wrong family. Doctors should be careful but with so many births each day, some mistakes can happen. At long as the babies find a loving family, they should be alright.
• Philippines
30 Jun 10
That's why we now use the wrist bands to identify whose baby is this and that. Before they used to stick tags to the bassinet and it gets blown away and fell down on the floor and now everything is scrambled and it's hard to find out whose baby is this and that, hence the switches occur.
• Romania
9 Jul 10
If I found out this, I will go to find my parents.!!!
@academic2 (7011)
• Uganda
4 Jul 10
Just let the sleeping dog lie! It would not help you to rock the bought. Think aboutt the social relations you would have built, calling this dad, another, brother or mother and then one day you want to call someone else so? I would keep quiet.
• Philippines
1 Jul 10
Hehehehehe....Endless Love 1...jenny.... I love that....the only soap opera I've seen.... and watched.... and liked. If I were to be brought back to the poor family, like in her case, I will accept it but will not end my relationship with the ones who have raised me up. Parents are not those that you have been born to but those who have helped you in growing up. But, if I am the child that will be brought back to the rich family, then I ask my new parents to help my other parents to the extent that they will not abuse them. Wait, I will re-watch the series...hehehehe
@ilann1 (373)
• Israel
30 Jun 10
1. Soap operas are so all the same. It's sometimes amazing... 2. I would probably do a little research about my real parents and nothing further.
• Philippines
30 Jun 10
perhaps if i would find out that i was switched with another baby at birth and that my parents right now are not really my real parents i would surely be surprised. i would first maybe got devastated because i really love my parents right now. but i think at the end i would also be curious and would try to find out who are my real parents. i think also i would have no choice.
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
30 Jun 10
I would probably be devastated at this kind of news. This would mean that I had a whole different family in the world somewhere. I would not love the family that raised me any less though. I would want to find my birth mother and try to capture some of the life I had missed without her. I am sure it would be difficult but it is possible to love two families.
@nitu1952 (286)
• India
30 Jun 10
If i found out that i were switched at birth in the hospital then i would not leave those persons who takes care of me and give us every necessary things and also fulfill our mandatory requirements. i have an example i am watching the program and there are two girls who were switched at the time of birth.
@bounce58 (17550)
• Canada
30 Jun 10
It wouldn't matter much. Except for the fact that I would have another set of parents, the real ones. My family would still be the ones who raised me. Wealth wouldn't affect any decision making at all, as that wealth wouldn't be mine, but my parent's. I would still have to fend for myself. Maybe my kids would be happier. That's another set of gifts for Christmas and birthdays!
@bardgirl (364)
• United States
30 Jun 10
I'd actually be kind of relieved to find that out.
• United States
30 Jun 10
I would want to continue to see the family that raised me. But,I would go home with my real family. I would have felt like i was missing out of parts of my life if I did not. I would like to find out I have sisters and brothers. Not to mention if I grew up poor I would love the chance to grow up with some coins in my bank account.
@amyson (3509)
• Philippines
30 Jun 10
at first i will be mad that i was not the real daughter of my mother that i grown too.if she knows about it and doesn't do anything to return me back to my real parents of course i will be sad and angry.but if she didn't knew it i wont be angry.i still want to know who are they even they are rich i still won't go back because they are not the one taking of me when i was young but if is not their fault i will go home to my real parents money is not important as what matters most is that i have this chance to know my real parents and i will be happy and contented in my life.