Couple Reunited With Son After Being Given The Wrong Baby In Salvadoran Hospital

A Couple Has Been Reunited With Their Son Switched At Birth In El Salvador Hospital

A Texas-based couple are "absolutely thrilled" to be reuinted with their biological son after doctors in El Salvador mistakenly sent them home with the wrong baby three months ago. 

Christian missionaries Richard Cushworth and Mercedes Casanellas, a native of El Salvador, welcomed a baby boy in May in the Central American country. In pictures taken just after the birth, Casanellas can be seen holding a light-skinned baby, named Jacob.

However, the hospital handed her a different baby when she left a day later. 

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A family friend told Dallas station WFAA that Casanellas told hospital officials that she had been given the wrong baby. They simply told her that babies change color. 

Casanellas and Cushworth with the non-biological baby. 

Casanellas' suspicions only grew when she returned to Dallas. "I would take photos of him and put them next to my husband, trying to find something of us in him," she reportedly told a Salvadoran TV station. "I kept trying to convince myself that he was really ours, that over time we would begin to see a resemblance. But my motherly instincts kept telling me that he wasn't mine."

After a DNA test definitively proved that they had not been raising their biological child, Casanellas and Cushworth returned to El Salvador. They had DNA tests performed on all baby boys born in the hospital the same day as their son. 

Thankfully, on Monday, El Salvador's attorney general announced that the couple's real son had been located. The baby they had been taking care of has also been reunited with his biological family. 

Authorities in the country arrested the couple's doctor last week, but he has since been released from jail. 

"All the circumstantial evidence pointed to a criminal act," Cushworth told the Daily Mail. "But the official story we are being told appears to show it was a mistake, a mix-up." 

"I can't say for sure what really happened," he continued. "We'll have to see how it works out through the legal system before we can be certain." 

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