20 years after newborn daughter’s death, man hears, ‘Dad, I finally found you’

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Jake and Nora struggled to conceive. From the moment they got together, they always dreamed of becoming parents, and one day, after plenty of struggles and tries, their wish finally came true.

Nora got pregnant. They were expecting a girl, and as days went by, they couldn’t wait to finally meet their precious bundle of joy.

The day their baby girl was welcomed into the world, Jake and Nora were overjoyed.

“Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Rogers, it’s a baby girl!” the nurse said with a smile on her face.

“Can I see her?” Nora inquired anxiously as the nurses seemed to be taking a while to finish cleaning the baby.

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“Of course! Here you go,” the nurse finally placed the baby in her arms. Nora was over the moon. Her baby daughter was the most stunning little creature she has ever seen.

“Thank you, darling. Thank you so much for this miracle,” Jake told his loving wife. “We did this together, honey. I wouldn’t have gotten through that difficult pregnancy without your help,” Nora replied.

As they couldn’t stop looking at their miracle baby which came into their lives after several miscarriages, the new parents started talking about the baby’s name.

“I know we thought of several names already, but I don’t know if any of them fit anymore,” Nora began, as she placed her lips on the baby’s head. “How about Hope?”

“Hope?” Jake said in wonder. “I think that’s the best name for her. Hello, Hope, my darling baby girl. We’re going to love you so much.”

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The nurses took Hope so that Nora could take some rest, and after some time they returned together with the doctor looking scared and pale. Their facial expression spoke of a trouble.

“I’m so sorry, Mr. and Mrs. Rogers. But your baby went into an unexpected cardiac arrest. We did everything we could, but despite our best efforts, we couldn’t revive her. I’m afraid she’s gone,” the neonatal doctor revealed.

Hearing these words, Jake and Nora’s world shattered into a million pieces. They had just held their sweet baby, and now, all of a sudden, she was gone.

“NO! That’s not possible! Bring the doctor back! He’s lying!” Nora wailed.

But there was nothing they could do. Left hopeless and heartbroken, Jake and Nora left the hospital the following day without Hope.

Unable to endure the pain of losing her child, Nora died two years later, leaving Jake behind.

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Years passed by, and Jake still couldn’t overcome the grief which came with the loss of the two people he loved the most.

No week passed by without him visiting Nora’s and Hope’s graves.

On the twentieth anniversary of his daughter’s passing, Jake brought flowers to his girls’ graves.

Regrettably, neither he nor Nora had much family. That’s why building a new family held such significance. Yet now, it was just him. Alone in the world. At times, he couldn’t fathom why he hadn’t succumbed to sorrow like his wife did two years after Hope’s death.

As he contemplated life, Jake hear someone whispering “Hello!”

He turned around and saw what felt like a familiar face. Surprised, he whispered, “Nora?” believing he had gone insane.

“I’m not Nora. My name is Nicole, and I wanted to talk to you,” the young woman could be heard saying.

“What do you need, young lady?” Jake asked, still stunned by the resemblance of that woman and his late wife.

“I believe you are my father. Dad, I’ve finally found you,” the young woman said.

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Jake got even more confused. How was that even possible. His only daughter died mere hours after she was born.

It’s the truth,” Nicole continued. “I’m your daughter. Well, at least, that’s my theory.”

“I don’t understand. I don’t know you, young lady, and you don’t know me or my family. But my daughter died after childbirth all those years ago. Please, don’t play around with something that serious,” Jake muttered, almost getting angry.

“I would never joke about something like that. I swear. My parents are not my biological parents, but I look exactly like the picture on that woman’s grave. Didn’t you call me Nora? Isn’t that her?” Nicole said as she pointed to the photo on Nora’s tombstone

“Maybe you’re a distant relative or something,” Jake hedged, thinking that the woman had to be a long-lost cousin or anyone else besides his dead daughter.

“I don’t think so. Look, I’m 20 years old, and I was born at the George Washington University Hospital. I already investigated thanks to my friend who is a nurse there. There were only two girls born from two couples that day. One couple was my parents, and the other was you. Jake and Nora Rogers, correct?” she checked.

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“I don’t understand what you’re saying. You think you were switched at birth?” Jake asked, perplexed by the young woman’s words. “That can’t be true.”

“I’m 98% sure of it. I am almost sure that my parents’ real daughter was born sick, and they switched us. I’m even more certain of it now that I see you because I may look like the woman in the picture, but my eyes are clearly yours,” Nicole said.

“Isn’t that a crime? No doctor would do that,” Jake said in utter confusion.

“There’s an open police investigation into the matter now. And my parents might even go to jail for it. So much has happened since I discovered I wasn’t their biological daughter. It’s been so complicated, and it would be hard to explain. But I wanted to meet you and see if you wanted to take a DNA test to confirm what I suspect,” Nicole asked.

Jake agreed because he too needed answers.

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Jake shared the story of losing their daughter with Nicole.

“My wife died of sheer grief two years later. She couldn’t deal with the loss,” Jake continued. “And now you’re telling me that 20 years of pain have been for nothing? You’re Hope?”

“Yes. I know it’s hard because finding out my parents were possibly involved in the theft of a child has been such a shock, but I have to know the truth.”

Realizing Nicole was convinced she was his daughter, Jake agreed to do the DNA test. Deep down, he hoped this girl was indeed his daughter.

When the test results finally came out, they showed Nicole was indeed Jake’s daughter.

They hugged and cried tears of joy and then they both headed to the detective who was in charge of investigating the possible baby swap that took place 20 years ago.

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The exact number of exchanged babies remained unknown, and Jake found solace in the fact that they could assist the officers, as this was an awful situation.

Eventually, Nicole’s parents,those who raised her, were arrested for bribing the hospital staff and stealing her from her biological parents.

Jake and Nicole were happy they found each other, but their hearts ached for Nora, who died believing her daughter was dead.

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