Manitoba -The Government of the Canadian province of Manitoba said that two Canadian men, who grew up as close friends made the shocking discovery this year that they were switched at birth 40 years ago.
It said in a statement on Monday in Manitoba that Luke Monias and Norman Barkman were born June 19, 1975 in the twin northern Manitoba communities known as Norway House.
It said they grew up on the Garden Hill reserve, which now has a population of about 2,800 and is accessible only by airplane and ice roads.
The Manitoba government said as they grew up, people noticed how they resembled each other’s family more than their own.
It said DNA testing conducted on the twins, this summer confirmed that the woman who raised Barkman was not his biological mother, and that Monias was actually her child by birth.
It said Barkman’s true biological mother is now deceased.
Monias said he was curious to know what happened, and contacted Eric Robinson, Manitoba Minister for Aboriginal and Northern affairs.
He said the Manitoba government had since asked Ottawa to investigate how the switch happened.
Robinson said the horrible and irresponsible mix-up at the hospital had caused long-term damage to both men and their families.
He said it had also affected their health. (Xinhua/NAN)