Mothers have intuitions about their children that others may not be able to understand. For many mothers, this is the case from the moment their baby is born.
Therefore, when one mother immediately believed that the newborn that was handed to her was not hers, she knew what she was talking about. When you hear of a DNA test, it’s often because the father of the baby doesn’t think that the baby is his. There are no qualms about whether a mother is actually the parent of a baby.
Rich Cushworth and his wife Mercy Casanalles fell in love when they met at Christ for the Nations missionary school in Dallas. When Mercy got pregnant, she had to return home to give birth, as she was in Texas with a temporary visa from El Salvador. Rich stayed in the U.S. and awaited his wife’s return.However, as soon as the nurse handed Mercy her newborn son Jacob, she knew something was terribly wrong.
The birth was healthy and successful, and soon enough the delivery nurse was handing Mercy a beautiful baby boy – there was just one problem. As soon as the nurse handed Mercy her newborn son Jacob, she knew something was terribly wrong.
Mercy’s maternal instinct was screaming, telling her that, as unlikely as it seems, this baby in her arms was not hers. But she knew no one would believe her if she said anything – she wasn’t even 100% sure she believed it herself. The feeling that her son was someone else never left her, and she finally turned to a DNA test to prove that she wasn’t wrong. The results validated her mother’s intuition.
After a couple of months, Mercy had a DNA test done.
The nauseating results were exactly what Mercy had feared: Jacob was not their son.She had always known it, but it wasn’t easy to accept. Biological or not, Mercy and Rich formed a strong bond with him. The only question left: where was their biological son?
After reaching out to the proper officials, Mercy and Rich returned Jacob to his biological family. However, the El Salvadorian government was not welcoming to their biological son Moses.They refused to give him a birth certificate or passport to travel to the United States for an entire year.
It was a long battle with the government, Rich and Mercy have come back home with their baby boy.