FRANCE (REUTERS) – Two 20-year-old girls accidentally switched at birth will both
receive 400,000 euros or $451,761 in damages, a court in Southern France has ordered a
private clinic in the Riviera city of Cannes on Tuesday.
The money was part of a $2.7 million payment to members of the two families.
A nurse switched Sophie Serrano’s newborn daughter with another girl when they were
both suffering from jaundice and shared an incubator.
Serrano then discovered that her daughter Manon was not her biological child through a
DNA test in 2004, 10 years after the girls were born.
The suit brought in 2010 by the two families also targeted two doctors and the nurse’s
assistant who made the mistake.
The court ordered that the clinic responsible for the switch should pay each daughter
400,000 euros, with 300,000 euros for each of the three parents involved as well as
60,000 euros each to the brothers and sisters of the plaintiffs.