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Canadian hospital accused of sending babies home with wrong parents

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(CTV News)  In the winter of 1975, two baby boys born three days apart were allegedly sent home with each other's families in what is believed to be the second such mix-up at a federally-run hospital in northern Manitoba's Norway House Cree Nation.

Flanked by their parents, the two 41-year-old men choked back tears during a somber Friday press conference.

"Forty years gone," David Tait, Jr. said, who added that he felt "distraught, angry and confused. I want answers so bad."

"I don't know what to say," Leon Swanson repeatedly said as he wiped at his eyes.

“I can't describe this matter as anything less than criminal,” former Manitoba aboriginal affairs minister Eric Robinson told reporters at a press conference in Winnipeg on Friday. “I mean, we can live with one mistake, but two mistakes of a similar nature is not acceptable.”

Robinson, who has been assisting the men and their families, called on the federal government to initiate a third-party investigation, provide psychological counseling and arrange personal meetings between the affected families and federal Health Minister Jane Philpott.

“It’s something they can’t sweep under the carpet,” Robinson said. “What happened here is lives were stolen. You can’t describe it as anything less than that”

Health Canada later agreed to a third-party investigation into what went wrong at the Norway House hospital. The government will also pay for DNA testing for others born at the hospital around the same time.

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