American Parents Find Long-Lost Daughter Switched-At-Birth After 39 Years

Vera and Nikolay Lashtur, who reside in West Forest, North Carolina, have finally been reunited with their biological daughter, Valentina Suman, after she was switched at birth in a Moldovan hospital. Since then, Mr. and Mrs. Lashtur have been raising someone else’s biological daughter, Tatyana. According to the Dailymail, the babies were accidentally switched when they were handed back to their parents after a bath.

While living in Moldova, The Lashtur’s neighbors often told the couple that their daughter didn’t have any of their features and must have been born to different parents. Years later, Mr. and Mrs. Lashtur finally decided to investigate the elderly man’s claim. However, it seems that the unnamed neighbor, who was able to supply the Lashturs with Valentina’s name, knew more than he had been letting on.

After contacting a Russian television show, Mr. and Mrs. Lashtur were able to genetically verify if Valentina was their biological daughter. When the DNA test came back positive, Valentina asked Vera and Nikolay to visit her in Moscow. The long-lost daughter has since discovered that she has a brother and parents in America.

Valentina’s newly discovered brother, Anatoly Lashtur, has given a lengthy account of his family’s incredible story to the Dailymail. This is how Anatoly thinks the Lashturs managed to track down his sister:

“It's been 39 years, we heard rumors for a long time but it was difficult to believe or even think of the possibility, that they could be true. They were started by a former neighbor who knew both of the girls' histories and believed they were switched at birth but didn't have any proof - she based it on how they looked and acted.

My mother knew she was in the hospital the same day as the other woman and while she believed it was just a rumor, eventually she wanted to know the truth. There were multiple attempts to find the other family over the years so that we could put all of the rumors to rest but without success.

They kept moving from place to place and it was almost impossible to find them, so we moved on believing it wasn't true. After the rumors resurfaced again my parents became determined more than ever to find the other family, so they traveled to Moldova and with the help of a neighbor found the other mom.

A name was given to them, so we could find my biological sister online. After seeing pictures of Valentina we realized she could be our sister, but there was still a large percentage of uncertainty and we needed the DNA tests to be 100 percent positive.

Once the findings were read aloud we cried realizing how many years have passed and how many precious moments have been missed. It was discovered that a grave mistake was made, the nursing staff mistakenly switched the babies and both mothers left the hospital with the other's child.

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. We have already lost 39 years with her, so the faster we can reunite her with us the soon we can start the process of enjoying each other and the time we have left.

We're all in our 30s and 40s and have families, so the sooner we are together the better, it would be a Christmas we will never forget and the best gift for everybody involved."

Anatoly has already started a fundraising campaign to help him and his family travel to Moscow. Valentina’s brother has also assured Tatyana – who is in the process of finding other family members (sadly, she discovered that her father had died) – that he still loves her as a sister.

Source: Daily Mail
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