Switched at Birth, a story of lives irrevocably changed

Switched at Birth, a story of lives irrevocably changed

Switched at Birth

What do you mean?’ Megs gasped. ‘It’s impossible.’
Well … I got the test results back and he’s not the father. But it’s more complicated than that …
He was holding a sheet of paper in his hand, but seemed unable to articulate what was on it.

Megs reached out for it: ‘Let me read it then.’

And that’s how I found out. Boom! It was like I had been stabbed … I collapsed on the floor at the back of the shop. It was as if I had passed out from shock. Then I cried. I cried for the child I had and the child I didn’t have. I knew without a shadow of a doubt my life had changed forever.

Sandy (left) and Megs (right) with their two boys ... trying to make a tragic story work (pic supplied)

Sandy (left) and Megs (right) with their two boys … trying to make a tragic story work (pic supplied)

In 1990 Pietermaritzburg mother Megs Clinton-Parker was faced with an impossible choice, one that no mother should ever have to make. Should she surrender the child she had lovingly raised in order to get back the baby she had given birth to?

Megs chose nurture over nature, simply unable to give up her two-

Megs and the two boys (supplied)

Megs and the two boys (supplied)

year-old son Gavin, switched at birth with a boy called Robin Dawkins. Instead she and the other mother, Sandy Dawkins, tried to make their strange relationship work, although they lived in different cities, 500 km apart. And they decided to sue the South African state, whose negligence had forever altered the fate of two families.

Robin Dawkins and Gavin Clinton-Parker grew up living each other’s lives, brothers-but-not-brothers, acutely aware that their mothers’ hearts were torn. Unable to escape the consequences of the swap, Robin decided at the age of 15 that it was time to claim what was rightfully his, adding a further twist to this bitter saga. Theirs is a story of how to live with the unliveable and how some decisions can never be unmade.

Sandy Gavin Megs and Robin (supplied)

Sandy Gavin Megs and Robin (supplied)

Author Jessica Pitchford and Megs Clinton-Parker will be launching ‘Switched At Birth’ at Exclusive Books at the Midlands Mall in Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday May 3 at 1800

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"Switched at Birth" by Jessica Pitchford, launching on 03 May at Exclusive Books, 18h00

“Switched at Birth” by Jessica Pitchford, launching on 03 May at Exclusive Books, 18h00