Woman loses baby in hos­pi­tal swap

The Manica Post - - Front Page - Ray Bande Se­nior Re­porter

A MUTARE woman says she gave birth to a baby boy, but left Mutare Pro­vin­cial Hos­pi­tal ma­ter­nity ward with a girl child and claims there was a baby swap in­volv­ing med­i­cal staff at the hos­pi­tal.

The mat­ter has since been re­ported to po­lice, and in­ves­ti­ga­tions are in progress.

Man­i­ca­land Po­lice spokesper­son In­spec­tor Tavhir­ingwa Kako­hwa said the cul­prits will face kid­nap­ping charges.

“Yes, we have re­ceived that re­port of an in­ci­dent which is said to have oc­curred at Mutare Pro­vin­cial Hos­pi­tal. We are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter and can only be in a po­si­tion to give a com­pre­hen­sive com­ment af­ter get­ting to the bot­tom of it,” said In­spec­tor Kako­hwa.

How­ever, in­for­ma­tion gleaned by The Man­ica Post shows that Mrs Pre­cious Musara gave birth to a pre­ma­ture baby boy at her Chi­takatira Vil­lage home, Mutare dis­trict, on Novem­ber 24, 2017.

Her hus­band Mr Lloyd Chikuni and neigh­bour Mrs Melody Machik­iti played the mid­wifery role.

Af­ter the home de­liv­ery, Mrs Musara was taken to Chi­takatira Clinic where she was given a blue baby card as fur­ther con­fir­ma­tion of hav­ing given birth to a baby boy. She was then re­ferred to Mutare Pro­vin­cial Hos­pi­tal for fur­ther in­cu­ba­tion of the pre­ma­ture baby.

Sources at Mutare Pro­vin­cial Hos­pi­tal said dur­ing the pe­riod Musara was ad­mit­ted at the re­fer­ral cen­tre’s ma­ter­nity ward, an­other ex­pect­ing mother in the same ward was said to have been un­der pres­sure from her hus­band to give birth to a boy.

“When the woman from Chi­takatira (Mrs Musara) was ad­mit­ted at Mutare Pro­vin­cial Hos­pi­tal ma­ter­nity ward, there was also an­other woman in the same ward who is be­lieved to have been un­der pres­sure from her hus­band to con­ceive a boy.

“Un­for­tu­nately she gave birth to a girl, and con­nived with med­i­cal per­son­nel at the hos­pi­tal to swap ba­bies so that she would go home with a baby boy as per the demands of her hus­band.

“Mrs Musara ac­tu­ally con­fronted the nurses on duty over the swap of ba­bies but they in­sisted that she had given birth to a baby girl.

The nurses at Mutare Pro­vin­cial Hos­pi­tal had the guts to ex­change the blue baby card she had been given at Chi­takatira Clinic for a pink baby card that is nor­mally given when one gives birth to a girl,” said the sources. Mrs Musara was dis­charged on Novem­ber 22, 2017 and lodged a re­port to po­lice two days later.

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