Heartbreaking – Second Switched-at-Birth Case Discovered at Indian Hospital

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown August 31st, 2016 Last Updated on: August 31st, 2016

As a mother, it's heartbreaking to watch this video. Two men, best friends, in the Norway House Cree Nation community in Manitoba, recently discovered they were switched at birth.

All throughout their lives, people had joked about David Tait Jr. and Leon Swanson not looking like their parents. When news broke last year that two other men, born at the Norway House Indian Hospital had confirmed they were switched at birth, these friends decided to get testing done.

More footage from the press conference:

As reported by the New York Times:

The government believes it's the second case of being switched at birth to occur at the hospital. Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott said it's an unfortunate reminder of how urgent the need is to provide Indigenous First Nation people with better health care.

Andrew Mackendrick, a spokesman for Philpott, confirmed the plans for a third-party review on Sunday. Philpott said she was deeply troubled to learn of the second case and her department has offered the full range of mental and spiritual support.

Hopefully, these men get the strength to get through this, but understandably, all they can feel right now is confusion and anger.

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Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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It is sad that our First Nations people have been and are being treated so shoddily. I pray for the families so poorly treated and all those who love them.

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