Stories about mistaken identity or children switched at birth are not very common. But one family’s tale is so extreme as to be beyond belief!
Cases that happened in the distant past were much more difficult to solve, due to a variety of reasons. Technology was more primitive and records were often lost. This made it harder for the children to find their true parents. New technologies, such as computers and DNA testing have helped to reunite people with their biological families. For two families, it was a mixture of technology and communication.
This story starts March 27, 1978, in Moldova. A woman named Vera Lashtur gave birth to her daughter Tatyana. Next to her in the same delivery room, was her neighbor and friend, who gave birth the same day to a baby girl named Valentina.
Rumors began to circulate about the children.
As the two women began to get older, the community began to talk about how the girls may have been switched at birth based on how they looked, Inside Edition reported.
Anatoliy Lashtur, Vera’s son, explained to Inside Edition that there were rumors being spread about a mistake made in the hospital, but they could never find out what happened and, eventually, the family left Moldova and moved to the United States in 1999.
Years later, the Lashtur family found Valentina on Facebook.
“Seeing pictures of Valentina was the initial proof that she could be our sister, but there was still a percentage of uncertainty and we needed the DNA tests to be 100 percent positive,” Anatoliy said.
They got the DNA test paid for by a television show in Russia, and it proved that their decades-long suspicions were true. The families were happy that the truth was out, and that they were reunited with their actual families after several decades.
“That was the first time we had the opportunity to see our birth sister Valentina, hug each other and cry together. That moment and day will always be special in our lives,” Anatoliy said.
The DNA proved the correct families, but biological or not, the other will always love each other.
“I spoke to my sister who I grew up with and told her that I love her and nothing changes,” Anatoliy said.
This is not a story of people losing family; this is a wonderful story of families gaining more love.
“To us she will always be our sister—we’ve just gained more family,” Anatoliy said.