Thursday, May 29, 2008


MADRID: Spanish twins who were separated at birth through a hospital error - then reunited as adults through a fluke - are suing for millions in damages, as is a third woman who grew up thinking that she was one of the twins.

The error emerged a generation later, through a chance encounter at a clothing store in Las Palmas.

Mr Socorro Perdomo said his client was seeking 3 million euros ($4.93 million) from the government of the Canary Islands, where the error occurred in 1973 in the city of Las Palmas.

A friend of Mr Socorro Perdomo's client worked in the shop. When a woman who was the spitting image of that client came in and failed to recognise the employee, the clerk was dumbfounded.

When the dead ringer came by the store a second time, the clerk began to put two and two together and arranged for the women to meet.

DNA tests proved they were identical twins.

The mix occurred when one of the twins was taken out of her crib as her twin sister lay in one right next to her, mistakenly replaced by another baby girl, and ultimately raised by the family of that child.

The two girls were brought up in the mistaken belief they were twin from ap

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