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Mum raised wrong daughter for 30 years after hospital mix-up while her real child was brought-up by a murderer

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Credits: CEN/VK © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: CEN/VK A mum who raised the wrong daughter for 30 years while her child was brought up in poverty is suing a hospital for £40,000 because of the blunder. 

Zoya Tuganova, 70, gave birth to her daughter at a hospital in Chelyabinsk in south-central Russia's Chelyabinsk Oblast region in 1987.

But when staff handed her a child, she complained she did not recognise her and feared the babies had been switched.

Credits: CEN/VK © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: CEN/VK Doctors dismissed her accusations and offered to send her for psychiatric tests instead of investigating her claims.

Zoya said: "With fair hair, white skin, large eyes. The next day when they brought a child for feeding I looked at her and it was a completely different face."

Ms Tuganova and her husband raised a girl who they called Katya, who suffers from a heart disease.

Credits: CEN/OK © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: CEN/OK While another woman, identified as Elvira Tuligenova, brought up Ms Tuganova's daughter, called Lucia.

Lucia had to beg for money for food as neither of her parents worked, Ms Tuganova claims.

When she was 13, Lucia was taken to an orphanage after her mother died from alcoholism and her father was imprisoned for murder.

Credits: CEN/VK © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: CEN/VK Ms Tuganova claims she has always been worried she was raising someone else's child but did not investigate it until her husband's death.

"I watched a show where two children got mixed up, and started crying out loud," she said.

Together with Katya, they found Lucia and took a DNA test that confirmed the girls were mixed up.

Credits: CEN/VK © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: CEN/VK Ms Tuganova has since filed a lawsuit asking for £41,365 (3 million RUB) in compensation.

She has also become a grandmother.

Katya has an eight-year-old son and Lucia has three children of her own.

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