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Published: Wednesday, Dec. 4 2013 3:00 p.m. MST

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Salt Lake City, UT

Has the man met his relatives? Does he have a relationship with them? It would be nice to find out. An incomplete article.

Pensacola, FL

He has been in contact with his three younger biological brothers and they are working to build a relationship.

Mchenry, IL

I also hope the other man makes a connection to his family.

Boise, ID

Can you imagine waking up one morning, broke, poor, downtrodden, and discovering that you should have lived a life of privilege? What a cruel joke. On the flip side, how would it feel to know that you should have lived in the slum with your biological mom, but a simple mistake changed the course of your life forever. Nobody wins.

Farmington, UT

Any indication as to the ages of the two men?

Bob K
porland, OR

Did anyone else find it totally stunning that the article omitted the age of the man?

Here, UT

How horrible! For both men.

Lancaster, CA

While the mistake made by the hospital is a problem, don't these men have relationships with thier families, regardless of biology? It's like they were each adopted by the other's family. I kind of have an issue with trying to build relationships when they each "have a family" already. And, like the money is going to change anything, especially with such a meager amount for such a huge mistake. Biology has some impact, but the mother's have relationships with the children they raised, not with the other who is just biologically "theirs."

Agreed, I find there are many other questions that I would like to see answered in this article.

Orem, UT

From the story link:

"It was almost 60 years before a DNA test revealed the life-changing mistake by a hospital worker who had bathed the newborns and returned them to the wrong mothers.

The error was uncovered in 2009 after the wealthy family realized one of the four brothers did not share their likeness and requested a DNA test. After they found out they were not related they searched hospital records and eventually found their true brother in 2011.

The impoverished man now goes out to drinks with his "real" brothers once a month, while taking care of the elder brother with whom he grew up."

American Fork, UT

How could this be? I keep reading on conservative sites that the sole reason for a person's success is his or her hard work? Could it be that two people with equal intelligence who both apply equal amounts of hard work and who are both equally moral and honest could have vastly different outcomes simply because one is born into a different situation than the other! Say it aint so!

Doctor C
Orem, UT

After our first child was born I was young and naive and let the nurses take our baby without us to bathe her and weigh her etc. For our next for babies I went with them every time they did anything with them. They are our children and I wasn't going to let them out of our sight because mistakes happen and this is exactly the kind of thing I was trying to prevent. We had children born in WV and Georgia and the nurses never complained about me going along to watch our child.

Las Vegas, NV

So the only mom that he knew, probably sacrificed a lot more than his biological parents would have - she became somebody useless. What a way to pay her back. Go get your check and pay your respect to the one that raised you buddy!

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

Seems like a great chance for a well off family to help their downtrodden brother. This is a lesson we need to push to a larger audience than just a baby-swap mistake.


I hope he loves his single mother that raised him... while it seems he missed a life of opportunities for success, I also hope he can learn to be happy, because it sounds like he had a mama that loved him.

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