Switched at Birth: Son Raised In Poverty Sues Hospital



A Japanese man born to wealthy parents was awarded $371,000 in damages after accidentally being switched with another baby and spending decades living in poverty. 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 men spent decades living each others’ lives: one man living off welfare checks before working as a truck driver, the other enjoying a private education and now running his own real state business. As a result, the poverty-stricken man sued Tokyo's San-Ikukai Hospital for $2.5 million. The court, however, awarded the man $371,000, but at least he’s no longer living in poverty.