30/06/2021 10:47 AM

By Mohd Afiq Zulkifli

This is part two of four series on babies swapped at birth.

KUALA LUMPUR, June 28  (Bernama) -- A mistake, allegedly by staff of a hospital in Kota Bharu, Kelantan, in placing the name tags on two newborn babies, one of them a twin, 20 years ago, led the children being unknowingly raised by parents who are not their biological parents and taking the name of another man as their father.

The truth of what transpired came to light 19 years later, following a deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) test conducted in September last year.

The emotional impact of knowing the truth was too much for the two families to bear. It was heart wrenching for all of them, and for Noratirah, it was worst for the father she knew,  Husin Omar, 64, too shock with the result of the DNA test  which confirmed he was not her biological father, died due to a heart attack two months later.

Husin Omar. - Photo courtesy of Noratirah Husin

She said the “test” was too heavy for him to endure after hardly two years of losing his wife, Rahmah Isa, who died in 2018 due to diabetes.

Noratirah is the twin sister of Adryani Iwani who was swapped at birth with Adryana Iwani.

For 19 years, Adryani Iwani and Adryana Iwani have been living together as non-identical twins, not realising that they were not even biological siblings.

Adryani began having the impression that she and Noratirah are related after they discovered there are too many mutual likeness between them and decided to go for  DNA test.

After discussing the matter with their families, they went to do the test in September last year. Blood samples from Adrayani’s mother, Siti Aminah Ismail, 66,  and Husin were also taken for analysis and the result revealed that Noratirah and Adrayani are 99.99 per cent twin sisters. 

Noratirah Husin, 20, (middle) , Adryana Iwani beni Yanin, 20, (left) and Adryani Iwani Ibeni Yanin, 20. --fotoBERNAMA (2021) COPYRIGHT RESERVED

“I had already expected the DNA result because of the many similarities I share with Adryani Iwani,” said Noratirah, adding that she was informed the result of the DNA test by her birth mother (Siti Aminah).

“She called me and I put the phone on loud speaker so that my father (Husin) and other siblings can hear. My father broke down and cried after hearing it and then complained of chest pain,” she said, adding her father changed into a different person and was very quiet and kept to himself after that.

Prior to his death, Noratirah said Husin also told her that he was sad to not having the opportunity to meet her biological father, Ibeni Yanin Mohd Salleh, who died in 2009.

Noratirah, who is taking a Diploma in Early Child Education at the Kota Bharu branch of Kolej Poly-Tech, said she has moved in to stay with her birth mother.

Noratirah Husin, 20, (left), Adryana Iwani Ibeni Yanin, 20, (middle) and Adryani Iwani Ibeni Yanin, 20. --fotoBERNAMA (2021) COPYRIGHT RESERVED

“However, I still maintain ties with my siblings from my father Husin’s side, and when possible we get together at our father’s house,” she said, adding that all of Husin’s children are married and have their own families.

Meanwhile, Adryani Iwani Ibeni Yanin said her mother (Siti Aminah) also broke down after knowing that Adryana Iwani is not her biological daughter.

“She was also worried that the truth would hurt Ana (nickname for Ardyana Iwani) and called me to her room to inform the matter. She also told me to not tell about the result of the DNA  test to Ana then,” she said.

Siti Aminah Ismail, 66. --fotoBERNAMA (2021) COPYRIGHTS RESERVED

As for Adryana Iwani, she said she was sad to only get to know her biological father for two months.

“When I first met him, I had mixed feelings, happy to be able to meet my biological father, and also afraid that he could not accept me.

“I am indeed sad to know that I belong to another family after living for 19 years. What saddens me more is not being able to meet my birth mother. We suffer because of other people’s mistake,” said the UiTM graduate.


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