I need your help!
Yes you! Urgently please.
You are a medical student, aren’t you?
There is a problem in my family and you might be able to proffer a solution.
Something happened three weeks ago. Uncle mike, a distant cousin, stormed into our family house with darting eyes burning in fury. He brushed past me without giving answer to my persistent greetings.
Uncle Mike is a jovial one, so seeing him that way was puzzling and that piqued my curiosity. He moved around with so much frenzy, darting his eyes every-which-way, as though he was looking for a gold mine.
“Who the FUCK owns Jamal?” His voice thundered from the room he shared with his wife. I quietly tiptoed and peered through the door’s keyhole to know what was actually going on.
“Mike, please calm down, don’t use such vulgar words, kids live here too” Aunty Morris, His wife’s soft voice rang
“I’m going to ask for the last time, WHO OWNS THIS CHILD?!” He raved, pointing to the child that lay on Aunty Morris’s lap
“Babe, Jamal is our child! We brought him to his world together”
“Enough! I am tired of this your constant deceit. I need the truth now!” He was roaring and then his voice began to break, before he burst into tears.
I had never seen Uncle Mike so shaken up until that day. I backed up from the door to retreat just when I heard his: “It’s okay Morris, just pack your things and leave before dusk today. I don’t know what to do with Jamal. When you are ready to talk, we’ll decide then”
He stepped out of his room looking dejected
‘What could have gone wrong?’
The next day, I heard the full gist from my elder brother. Apparently, Uncle Mike discovered that Aunty Morris has been cheating on him with his Estranged Identical Twin Brother, Uncle Max. The affair had been going on even before Aunty Morris and Uncle Mike had their first child, JAMAL. Uncle Max revealed the secret because Aunty Morris have been constantly denied him access to JAMAL.
The issue now is that, there is a possibility that either Uncle Mike or Max is Jamal’s real father.
However, I learnt that identical twins share 100% of each other’s DNA, and, Uncle Max and Mike are legit identical twins. So much that it’s pretty hard differentiating them.
Since they share virtually the same DNA genetic materials, how can a DNA test help reveal Jamal’s father? Wouldn’t it show the same paternity-child compatibility results for both men?
Uncle Mike is really shaken up right now but bent on figuring this out. He loves Jamal but does not want to take care of someone else’s child.
I don’t want to break the possible bad news of a DNA test not being the solution, to Uncle Mike. At least not until I’m certain about other options.
Can you help me out here? How can we help Uncle Mike figure out this paternity puzzle? What other solutions can work out?
Let us help Uncle mike answer his ultimate question “Who owns this child?”
Written by Favour Ikharo, Bayero University Kano, Kano State, NIGERIA.