ATHENS – Christina Vasiliou from Athens is looking for her twin sister, who may be living in the United States. The twin sisters were born on July 28, 1970 at the Athens Maternity Hospital.
According to Christina Vasiliou, “The doctor told my parents that one little girl was stillborn, but he never showed the baby to them, and when my mother was released from the hospital, they gave her a birth certificate for only one child. It was not reported that she gave birth to two children and, of course, they did not give her a death certificate or a certificate of burial for her child.”
Vasiliou herself sought the relevant certificates from the Athens registry office, but was told that her mother had never given birth to a second child. “In Athens, at that time, when there were multiple births, doctors would tell the parents one of the babies had died, and then would sell the baby to a childless couple, usually Americans working at the American Base in Glyfada or to Greeks living far from Athens. We believe that my sister is living somewhere in America, as the children adopted from this specific maternity hospital were often sent there,” Vasiliou told The National Herald.
In previous years, Vasiliou's parents searched Greece for information, but to no avail. “The maternity hospital closed down years ago and hid its files because there were many complaints,” she added.