Best Friends Weep After Learning They Were Switched at Birth

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Two Canadians wept as they confirmed they were switched at birth. They have been living for 41 years as best friends.

DNA tests showed that one man was raised by the biological mother of the other.

Leon Swanson was born on January 31, 1975, at the Norway House Indian hospital, and David Tait Jr was born at the same facility three days later.

I want answers, I want answers,” Mr Tait said through tears.

We don’t have words. Forty years gone … just distraught, confused, angry.

Genetic tests confirmed that Mr Tait was the biological child of Charlotte Mason, the woman who had raised Mr Swanson.

Mr Swanson is still waiting for his test results, but the families said they are sure of the swap.

In a similar case last November, Luke Monias and Norman Barkman from Garden Hill First Nation, both born five months before Mr Swanson and Mr Tait, also learned from DNA testing that they were switched at birth.

That case prompted Mr Swanson, Mr Tait and their families to seek out genetic testing based on suspicions that the men might have been swapped because of traits shared with the opposite parents.

Canadian federal health minister Jane Philpott said in a statement that a third-party investigation would examine the case.

Cases like this are an unfortunate reminder to Canadians of how urgent the need is to provide all indigenous people with high-quality health care,” Ms Philpott said.

She also offered DNA testing to those people born at the hospital in the 70s.

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