The other "switched child", Jim Churchman, had become good friends with the author's brother, Michael George, and met the George family members growing up. As an adult, Jim Churchman suffered a heart attack and began exploring family medical histories for heart attacks - none in the Churchman's, several in the George's.
At the request of the author's brother Philip, via Jim Churchman, Frederick George took a DNA test while visiting New Zealand and the results confirmed the switch.
"The mother who raised me, Ngaire George, was the greatest person in my life and will always be my mother," says George, "and Helen Churchman will always be Jim's mother. I can't break away from my history. I love these people. I've grown up with the Georges. I can't leave them or trade them in as you might do with an old shoe."
Helen Churchman writes her recently-discovered birth son once a week in an attempt to bond with a son she has not known for 56 years. "We are in pretty close touch," says George, "and we are trying to get to know each other. She is one of the reasons I wrote this book. I want her to know her son; to know not just that I am but to know who I am."
Another reason George wrote Switched at Birth was to offer advice to anyone who has been adopted, fostered out, or switched at birth to be themselves, maintain old family ties while bonding with a new family, accept their fate and get on with life. Switched at Birth is available at fine booksellers everywhere, online at Amazon, BN, Ablebooks, BooksinPrint and the author's web site: www.switchedatbirth.org FOX-25 Boston calls it an "incredible story."
About the Author
Frederick George and wife Paula have two grown children and a grandchild and are
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