Switched at birth

Posted on May 24, 2009 

Switched at birth

An accidental mix-up 56 years ago changed two women’s lives forever. Secret finally came out last summer

Imagine cruising happily through the world – falling in love, raising a family and otherwise carving out a successful life – when results of a DNA test turn everything upside down.

That’s what happened to Kay Rene (Reed) Qualls, of Heppner, and DeeAnn (Angell) Shafer, of Richland, Wash. The two women, born 56 years ago at the same hospital, recently discovered they’d gone home with the wrong mothers.

Only two babies were born at Heppner’s Pioneer Memorial Hospital that spring day in 1953.


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