Two girls were accidentally switched at birth, but a happy ending came about. They have found one another and they each have two sets of parents now.
Wong Xin Ting and Fu Khai Sin were born at the same maternity home just six minutes apart in 1993, and were inadvertently switched.
They have then grown up about 40km away from each other in Tampin town and Pengkalan Balak in Malacca.
Xin Ting realized that she was not the biological child of her parents following a blood test. But, she will never leave the couple who raised her.
“I have never thought of leaving my family. I just wanted to know who my real parents were and if they were living well,” she said.
Khai Sin said she felt “strange” when her parents told her the truth after she had finished her LCCI examinations.
“It was so sudden, and I found it hard to accept initially. I remember crying a lot,” she mentioned.
Xin Ting realized her blood type was different from that of her family members’ during a school health examination when she was 13.
“My parents also brought me to a private lab for a blood test later but did not want to tell me the results. I think they knew it then.
“My blood type is B while the rest of my family are O. I knew I was different, but I kept it to myself.
“Two years ago, when I was reading a book on my blood type, my younger sister asked why my blood type was different. I told her I was not her biological sister,” she mentioned.
Her mother Yap Sau Kuen, 44, overheard the conversation and asked if she wanted to look for her real parents.
The family sought help from Kota Melaka MP Sim Tong Him, who performed numerous checks with the National Registration Department. They eventually traced Khai Sin’s family. A meeting between the two families was arranged in December 2012.
Yap said, “I am really glad that I have another daughter now. Their happiness is all I ask for.”
For Bong Choon Moi, 51, realizing her daughter was not hers wasn’t easy.
“It was so hard to accept. I did not want to lose my daughter.
“On the other hand, I also wanted to know if my biological daughter was well taken care of. So I reckoned that I had to reveal the truth to Khai Sin as she had the right to know.”
Bong said when she first saw Xin Ting’s picture, she knew the young woman was her daughter as they had similar features.
“I feel relieved that she has been loved and well taken care of, just like Khai Sin.”
Both families have been meeting regularly, and the girls now regard each other as special friends.
They celebrated their 21st birthday recently at Khai Sin’s home in Tampin.
Bong’s husband, Fu Yew Hatt, 51, and Yap’s husband Wong Nyong Chin, also 51, are both glad over the unexpected extension of their families.
“Let’s just be happy for a bigger and merrier family now,” said Fu.