A man with just months to live has met his biological parents for first time after being switched at birth 28 years ago.
Yao Ce, who has terminal cancer, was mistakenly switched at birth.
The 28-year-old accidentally switched with Guo Wie by medics in the city of Kaifeng, China, almost three decades ago.
The mistake wasn’t noticed until Yao was diagnosed with late stage liver cancer and was given the heartbreaking news that he was not expected to live for longer than three months.
The woman he thought was his biological mother tried to donate part of her liver to help save his life, but was told she wasn’t a match.
Yao underwent a paternity test with the man he thought was his biological father after finding out she was an incompatible donor and the mix-up was uncovered.
The two families have now met up after finding out the truth.
Yao and Guo celebrated their birthdays together with both their biological parents for the first time in 28 years.
Both of Yao’s mum’s were left emotional as they reunited, according the Global Times.
The mother he grew up with said: “We have devoted a lot into Yao’s education, and he has become a successful young man.”
Meanwhile, his biological mother added: “We only hope that he can get better.”
Yao commented: “When I think about my parents’ attitude to me throughout the last month, I can’t think of one thing that has changed.”
When the mistake was realised, Yao and his parents launched a case suing the hospital for emotional distress and were awarded 1,000,000 yen (£112,756).
This compensation included 400,000 yen (£45,086) compensation for causing psychological damage to Yao Ce and his biological parents and 600,000 yen (£67,630) to cover medical expenses.
According to China Daily, the court said: “The work error brought decades-long separation to Yao and his biological parents, so the hospital should pay them mental compensation.”
Yao claims he was also diagnosed with hepatitis B when he was only two after the hospital ‘failed to vaccinate him on time’.
He believes contracting hepatitis B could have been one of the causes of his current condition.
The hospital does not take responsibility for the missed vaccination, however.
Yao is currently receiving radiation therapy at Shanghai Oriental Hepatobiliary Surgery Hospital.