Mercy Casanellas was in her home country of El Salvador when her doctor informed her that she would need an emergency C-section a full month before her due date. Her husband Richard was out of the country, but she followed her doctors advice and had the operation.
She gave birth to a son whom she named Jacob, but he was quickly taken away from her and she was given a heavy dose of anesthetics. The next morning, when the nurse brought Jacob back to her, Mercy could tell right away that something was off.
Mercy Casanellas and her British-born husband Richard Cushworth were in her home country of El Salvador doing missionary work during the tail end of her pregnancy. With a month left until her due date, Richard briefly left the country, but while he was gone, Mercy was informed by her obstetrician that she needed an emergency C-section.
She delivered a six-pound baby boy whom she named Jacob. However, soon after he was born, a nurse took him away and Mercy was given a heavy dose of anesthetics. In the morning, when the nurse brought him back, Mercy felt something was wrong. The baby she was given had darker hair and different features than the child she’d given birth to…
The hospital and her doctor denied that there could have been a mix-up, so she took the child home from the hospital but her suspicions grew. Finally, a DNA test confirmed that the boy could not possibly be her son. Mercy and her husband feared that their baby had been purposefully switched out for child trafficking and took the doctor and hospital to court over it.
The court ordered DNA tests to be performed on every other boy born in the hospital on the same day as Jacob, and sure enough, when the results came back, it turned out that he had been switched with another baby and given to an unsuspecting family. The hospital and doctor are still under investigation regarding how the mix-up happened at all, but Mercy and Richard just relieved to finally have the real Jacob back!
What a terrifying turn of events. It’s amazing that Mercy’s intuition kicked in and they were able to return both boys to the right families.