A British father, who feared his baby had been swapped at birth and sold to human traffickers in El Salvador, has reportedly been reunited with his son after authorities tracked down the child by ordering a DNA test.
After attending a special court hearing before a judge yesterday the couple were told that their biological baby had been identified before the swapped babies were handed back to their respective families, according to news website Elsalvador.com.
Attorney general Luis Martinez told reporters: “We have returned the babies to their legitimate parents. We hope that this has not happened on other occasions.”
He said that a review of private and public hospitals’ protocols would take place.
The couple’s doctor, Alejandro Guidos, was arrested over the matter but had protested his innocence after being bailed.
Prosecutor Dinora Siguenza reportedly alleged yesterday that Dr Guidos was responsible for not following correct procedures and is still being investigated.
Mercedes, 39, initially became suspicious when she noticed the features of her newborn differed from those of the boy doctors handed her the day after she gave birth in May. In particular, she thought the second baby had darker skin.
She took the child to the couple’s home in Dallas, Texas, but the pair returned to the Central American country after family members also expressed doubts.