Two women learned they were switched at birth 50 years later via at-home DNA test

Tina Ennis and Jill Lopez learned they were switched at birth 58 years after they were born

Meredith Clark
New York
Monday 21 February 2022 22:52 GMT
Tina Ennis and Kathryn Jones
Tina Ennis and Kathryn Jones (Facebook)

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Two women learned they were switched at birth in 1964 through an DNA test. Now, they are suing the Oklahoma hospital for the mix-up.

According to The Daily Beast, Tina Ennis and Jill Lopez were both born on May 18, 1964 at Duncan Physicians and Surgeons Hospital when hospital employees handed the infants off to each other’s biological parents.

Ennis discovered she was not related to the rest of her family in 2019 when she and her 26-year-old daughter took an at-home DNA test to track down her grandfather. When the results of the DNA test were filled with names Ennis did not recognise, her daughter became convinced that Ennis was switched at birth. She tracked down a local woman, Jill Lopez, who was born on the same day as Ennis.

After Ennis reached out to Lopez via Facebook messenger, Lopez took a DNA test and confirmed that she was the actual biological daughter of Ennis’ mother, Kathryn Jones.

Now, Ennis, Lopez, and Jones are suing Duncan Regional Hospital for alleged recklessness and negligent infliction of emotional distress. According to The Daily Beast, the hospital has denied the allegations, claiming it is not the same entity where the two were allegedly switched, after it merged with other local hospitals in 1975.

While Kathryn Jones was able to meet her biological daughter, Ennis’s biological parents both passed away. For Jones, realising that Ennis’ children were not her biological grandchildren was the worst part of the discovery.

“I felt like I was losing my daughter and my grandchildren too,” she said.

In the last three years, the women have spent Christmases together, but are still trying to navigate their new relationships.

“From the outside we all probably look pretty good,” Ennis said. “But in my opinion, it has not been something I would wish on anyone.”

In 1998, The Baltimore Sun reported that about 28,000 babies get switched in hospitals each year. Today, hospitals have technology measures in place to prevent babies from being switched, such as matching ID bracelets.

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