- Best friends Leon Samson and David Tait Jr., both 41 years old, were accidentally switched at birth 41 years ago
- They were born three days apart at Norway House Indian Hospital in 1975
- An earlier case of birth switching in the same hospital was reported
Life moved in mysterious ways for best friends Leon Swanson and David Tait Jr., both 41 years old, after learning that they were accidentally switched at birth.
Swanson and Tait were born three days apart — Swanson on January 31, 1975, and Tait on February 3, 1975 — at Norway House Indian Hospital in 1975, which was then run by the federal government, an article written by Liam Quinn on Daily Mail Online stated.
The two grew up and were raised in the remote northern community, about 460 kilometers north of Winnipeg, and became the best of friends.
Both men got the biggest shock of their lives after DNA tests have confirmed that each of them was taken cared of by the biological mother of the other.
The two men could not contain their emotions as they burst into tears.
Eric Robinson, a former NDP member of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly for Keewatinook, told media that the two men were switched at birth more than 40 years ago at a hospital in Norway House Cree Nation.
“What happened here is lives were stolen,” Eric Robinson, a former NDP member of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly for Keewatinook was quoted as saying before the media as he added that what happened can’t be described anything less than that.
Meanwhile, Tait said everyone affected wants answers as to how such a switch could happen. “We don’t have words,” he said. “Forty years gone … just distraught, confused, angry,” he said.
Swanson, on the other hand, held back his tears and said he didn’t know how to react and what to say.
News of the switch first surfaced Thursday.
The case is the second time to happen on infants at the Norway House Indian Hospital being switched at birth in 1975, an article published by CBC News mentioned.
An earlier case happened in November last year when Luke Monias and Norman Barkman from Garden Hill First Nation came forward after DNA results confirmed they were not the biological children of their parents.
Monias and Barkman were also born in 1975, five months after Swanson and Tate, at the same Norway House hospital.