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Baby-swap victim has learned to live life without regrets

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 18 August, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 18 August, 2009, 12:00am

A 32-year-old man who found out two years ago that he had been swapped shortly after birth searched for a year for his real parents before giving up the quest.

Kelvin Li Kwok-yin was born on November 30, 1976, at Tsan Yuk Hospital. He discovered he had been swapped when his sister realised that his blood type meant he could not possibly be his mother's natural son.

Mr Li's blood type is AB, while his mother's is type O. DNA tests confirmed that the mother who raised him was not his biological mother.

'When I learned the test result, I felt like somebody in a drama,' he said. 'I didn't believe it at all. Everyone lives with the children they gave birth to. Why wasn't it like that when it came to me? Why me?'

After discovering the swap, he spent a year searching for the identity of his biological parents. Two men stepped forward to take DNA tests after Mr Li's story came to light. However, neither was the biological son of the woman Mr Li calls mother, Lui Fung-ha.

The Hospital Authority wrote to 180 mothers who gave birth at Tsan Yuk between November 28 and December 14, 1976, inviting them to take DNA tests. That prompted five inquiries but led to no new DNA tests.

Mr Li's search extended to the Chuk Yuen Children's Reception Centre, where Ms Lui left her baby for a month. He ended the search last August, saying it was a relief to stop. He would cherish the family he has known all his life and live without regrets, he said. The incident had brought his family members closer together, Mr Li said.

'Time has proven everything: it proved that our relationship and the feelings we had were genuine after having been together for some 30 years. Nothing really changed for us.'

He and his mother have given public talks about their experience.


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