It was a nightmare that anybody might envision, but a mother in Washington State almost went to custody and almost lost her children when she became entangled in this perplexing case. Lydia Fairchild was thinking about the DNA results she received in 2006. It was progressively eroding her view of reality since the results were stating things she couldn’t tolerate.
Lydia Fairchild’s DNA does not match those of her children. “I knew I carried them and knew I delivered them.” “There was no question in my mind,” Fairchild told ABC News.
When Fairchild requested financial aid from the state, the mystery started. She was unemployed and 26 years old at the time. She had to show that the children were all hers as part of the agreement, so they did the DNA test. When the social services requested her to meet with them, she assumed it was simply another bureaucratic formality. However, She found herself in the thick of a inquiry all of a sudden. “They came up and locked the door as I sat down, and then they came back and started grilling me with questions like, ‘Who are you?’” Fairchild stated to the news organization.
She insisted that the children were hers, but the evidence against her was irrefutable.
It seemed as if I were in the middle of a bizarre nightmare. Social services stated they may remove her children at any time, but she knew they were hers!
She was the one who gave birth to them. She even has photos of them as children, which she holds in her arms. She contacted her obstetrician, Dr. Dreisbach, who had been present for all of her births. He vowed to testify in her defense in court, but no lawyer was ready to take her case. Especially when other DNA testing came up with the same result. That’s when a mother from across the nation chimed in with some fascinating details. Karen Keegan required a kidney transplant in Boston. They conducted DNA testing in the hopes that one of her boys might be a match. What she believed was a regular check turned out to be terrifying and unbelievable news
Her physicians were perplexed since none of her children had the same DNA as her.
She was subjected to a series of tests in which DNA was collected from various parts of her body. One aspect about her, in particular, was crucial. Her thyroid nodule’s DNA matched that of her children. Her connection to her children was demonstrated by a portion of her. Fairchild and Keegan were, in some ways, their own twins.
It’s a medical condition known as “chimerism.”
When two eggs are fertilized, one of them will sometimes absorb the other. Even if the eggs are fused, the resultant union has two genetic codes.
Attorney Tindell, Fairchild’s lawyer, learned about the case through the New England Journal of Medicine. He then requested that the court provide them time so that Fairchild may go through the same testing procedures.
They eventually established that Fairchild was their biological mother.
Same story, different ladies. And it all added up to make a difference. “If they hadn’t discovered her position, I probably wouldn’t have my kids today.” “They wouldn’t have recognised me as a chimaera,” Fairchild remarked. They may have solved the Fairchild case, but chimerism remained an unanswered question.
Natasha Carter – Why didn’t the court give the children to their father who was proven to be the dad instead of putting them in separate homes….did he have a choice where they went??? And they should be compensated for all that distress!!!!
Amanda Hilgen – Hes the legal father tho so why tf how tf can they do that to these poor kids and parents that’s just crazy I’m so sorry you all had to go thru all of this but your story is super interesting as well either way tho those poors kids and parents just crazy
Jean Loveday Ruecker – Oh, I would be so angry at having been put through this. There ought to be some civil way to punish those who did this to them.
AnneMarie Chiofolo – But dna runs thru families. Thats how all these genetic tests are done, so if it was a twin inside her, it would still hold a small percentage, a link of dna to the kids. As if it was her sibling. So the 0% dna match doesnt make sense to me??
Kimberly Costa Loud – I hope they got the services they need and then some, so their children and them feel safe and secure.
She should be entitled to more for all the emotional trauma they put her through.