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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_switched_at_birth

    HEPPNER, Ore. On a spring day in 1953, two baby girls were born at Pioneer Memorial Hospital in eastern Oregon. They grew up happily, got married, had kids of their own and became grandparents. Then last summer their lives were turned upside down.

    Kay Rene Reed Qualls found out that she and DeeAnn Angell Shafer were switched at birth.

    They recently met for the first time and underwent DNA tests after a woman who knew both their mothers called Qualls' brother with her suspicion.

    Qualls' brother, Bobby Reed, said the 86-year-old woman knew his mother and had also lived next door to the Angell family.

    "She said she had something she had to get off her chest," he told the East Oregonian newspaper in a story published Monday.

    The woman, whom he declined to identify by name, told him that his mother, Marjorie Angell, had insisted back in 1953 she had been given the wrong baby after the nurses returned from bathing the two newborns, but her concerns were brushed off.

    The woman showed Bobby Reed a photo.

    "It looked like Kay Rene in about 7th or 8th grade," he said.

    But it wasn't. It was DeeAnn Shafer's sister.

    "Kay Rene is not a Reed," the woman insisted. "DeeAnn is a Reed."

    Bobby Reed was stunned, learning later that rumors of a mix-up had been around for years. In early February, Shafer learned the truth in a telephone call from her sister, Juanita.

    "Do you remember those rumors of being switched at birth?" she asked, and went on to provide the update.

    "Does this mean I'm not invited to the family reunion?" Shafer joked.

    Qualls, Bobby Reed and one of their sisters met Shafer at a Kennewick, Wash., clinic last month for DNA testing. A week later, Qualls got the results, learning her likely probability of being related to her brother and sister was zero.

    "I cried," she said. "I wanted to be a Reed my life wasn't my life."

    Shafer's DNA report said she had 99.9 percent of being related to Bobby and Dorothy Reed. Now living in Richland, Wash., Shafer said the report only confirmed what she knew after meeting Qualls.

    "After seeing Kay Rene, I went home and told my husband, I don't know why she's doing the DNA testing," she said. "I was shocked she looked just like my sister's twin."

    Pioneer Memorial Hospital offered to pay for counseling, but both women declined.

    The two have become friends and celebrated their May 3 birthday together. Recently, Qualls introduced Shafer to her work colleagues, calling her "my swister."

    "I'm trying to move forward at look at the positive," Shafer said. "You can't look back. It just drives you crazy."
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  • #2
    My sister was probably switched at birth. The first time they brought a baby back to my mom, they brought a boy so there's a good chance.

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    • #3
      i dont quite think its thaaat much of a difference

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      • #4
        she cried? because what? Her identity, her life, her family all revolves around something as trivial as a last name? DNA? Come on now. Both these women were raised by parents who legitimately believed they were their own.

        I'm finding it very very hard to bring up any kind of sympathy here. I don't see the problem. They're still their family, even though genetics say otherwise. They raised, loved and cared for them: that's what makes family. Not your blood.
        Last edited by Addict; 05-12-2009, 09:01 AM. Reason: I did the 'their' thing wrong.

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        • #5
          Yeah i agree with you addict.

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          • #6
            ha thats what i meant. I <3 Addict :D

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            • #7
              Originally posted by vikes_29 View Post
              Yeah i agree with you addict.
              Originally posted by Gay Ork Wang View Post
              ha thats what i meant. I <3 Addict :D
              hush you guys, you're making me blush and look all girly and stuff

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              • #8
                Only if one ended up in a ****** situation then it would have been something.

                Who cares now, like Addict says they are fine

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                • #9
                  "I cried," she said. "I wanted to be a Reed — my life wasn't my life."

                  Shafer's DNA report said she had 99.9 percent of being related to Bobby and Dorothy Reed. Now living in Richland, Wash., Shafer said the report only confirmed what she knew after meeting Qualls.

                  "After seeing Kay Rene, I went home and told my husband, I don't know why she's doing the DNA testing," she said. "I was shocked — she looked just like my sister's twin."
                  Wouldn't this be some ****, since they apparently look the same ...if the ones dad, had sex with both of their moms. They were neighbors, and what if one of the fathers was sterile so he paid the other dad to have sex with his wife.

                  Edit: side note, what if both the dads then ended up being sterile and the brother was made by another man....

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by bhaarat316 View Post
                    Wouldn't this be some ****, since they apparently look the same ...if the ones dad, had sex with both of their moms. They were neighbors, and what if one of the fathers was sterile so he paid the other dad to have sex with his wife.

                    Edit: side note, what if both the dads then ended up being sterile and the brother was made by another man....
                    THEN WHO WAS PHONE?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Gay Ork Wang View Post
                      THEN WHO WAS PHONE?
                      what? what is phone

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                      • #12
                        I agree with addict on this. It wasnt like one grew up impoverished and abused while the other wasnt. They lived rather equal lives and hey guess what? The people that raised them seemed to love them as their own. Are bloodlines really that important?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by bhaarat316 View Post
                          what? what is phone
                          he is referencing this:

                          http://www.gorillafart.com/wp-conten.../who-phone.jpg
                          Last edited by Brent; 05-12-2009, 12:32 PM.

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                          • #14
                            Stop reading stories like this, Nalej. You'll give yourself an aneurysm.


                            ID tags are affixed before the baby leaves the room these days. lol


                            I agree w/y'all that the "My life wasn't my life" comment is a bit overdramatic, but this is still pretty screwed up. But not as screwed up as the typical, American style "Big Cash Settlement" will suggest once the lawsuit is done.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Gay Ork Wang View Post
                              THEN WHO WAS PHONE?
                              Ahahahaha. I love that.

                              Seriously, getting switched at birth would be messed up. I have somewhat different color hair than my parents, haha.

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