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Swap babies playing together like sisters; MIX-UP TODDLERS MEET FOR THE FIRST TIME.

THIS is the moment when hospital swap toddlers Callie Johnson and Rebecca Chittum met for the first time.

Blissfully bliss  
1. Extreme happiness; ecstasy.

2. The ecstasy of salvation; spiritual joy.

Phrasal Verb:
bliss out Slang
To go into a state of ecstasy.
 unaware of the blunder which threatened to wreck WRECK, mar. law. A wreck (called in law Latin, wreccum maris, and in law French, wrec de mer,) signifies such goods, as after a shipwreck, are cast upon land by the sea, and left there within some county, so as not to belong to the jurisdiction of the admiralty, but to the common law.  their lives, the three year olds played together on a lawn and in a swimming pool at a secret location.

And, as our pictures show, they got on like a house on fire.

The children were given to the wrong couples at birth but the mix-up was only discovered last month.

Now, in a victory for common sense, the tots' families have vowed NOT to launch custody proceedings and plan to bring them up "as sisters".

At the weekend dozens of relatives gathered for the emotional get-together. It was the moment Rebecca's real mum Paula Johnson, 30, saw her daughter for the first time.

She said: "I can't describe it. I tried not to cry, seeing them together. It was really hard.

"I didn't want to push her. I didn't want to scare her."

Mark Chittum, who until last month thought Rebecca was his granddaughter, added: "Everything is going fine as far as the children are concerned.

"And everything is going fine as far as the families are concerned."

Paula, of Ruckersville, Virginia Ruckersville is a small unincorporated town in a rural area on the outskirts of Charlottesville, Virginia. Located in Greene County, the town features hills, mountain views, trees, and farm land. NASCAR autoracer Philip Morris was born in Ruckersville. , discovered that blonde blue-eyed Callie was not her biological daughter after DNA tests DNA test nDNS-Test m  for a paternity The state or condition of a father; the relationship of a father.

English and U.S. Common Law have recognized the importance of establishing the paternity of children.

A hospital investigation revealed she had been given the daughter of Kevin Chittum, 25, and Tamara Rodgers, 19, who was born on the same day.

Kevin and Tamara, who lived 75 miles from Paula, were killed in a car crash on July 4 and Rebecca is now being brought up by relatives.

The tots do not yet know of the mistake which caused headlines around the world.

Charlottesville hospital in Virginia Virginia, state, United States
Virginia, state of the south-central United States. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean (E), North Carolina and Tennessee (S), Kentucky and West Virginia (W), and Maryland and the District of Columbia (N and NE).
, USA, claims the switch could not have been an accident but pledged to improve security in full-page newspaper ads last week.

However, the devastated dev·as·tate  
tr.v. dev·as·tat·ed, dev·as·tat·ing, dev·as·tates
1. To lay waste; destroy.

2. To overwhelm; confound; stun: was devastated by the rude remark.
 families plan to take legal action. Paula's lawyer Cynthia Johnson said: "Unless the hospital offers a financial settlement we plan to sue."
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Author:Foreign, MARK DOWDNEY
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 19, 1998
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