Medicine: That's Not My Baby

"A bouncing boy," the nurse told Mrs. Harry James Hardwig when she came out of the anesthetic. So proud Mr. & Mrs. Hardwig sent out cards to all their Los Angeles friends, announcing the birth of a son, Richard Allen Hardwig: "Oh joy, it's a boy!" They also paid to have the baby circumcised.

When they took Richard Allen home a week later, they discovered that he was a girl.

Last week, when the child (renamed Patricia Ann) was ten months old, the Hardwigs' trial began on their $500,000 suit against South Hoover Hospital...