A mother whose baby was allegedly abducted from hospital and sold for £130 before being found nearby has spoken about her ordeal.
Bikokuhle Hlatshwayo gave birth to baby Mpumelelo last Wednesday but just a few hours later, she woke up to an empty baby cubicle
When she asked a patient next to her bed where her baby was, she was told a lady who claimed to be her mother-in-law came while she was heavily sedated at Soweto’s Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Johannesburg, south Africa.
Bikokuhle immediately left her bed and walked to the corridors to see if her family were outside but she couldn’t see anyone.
She told Times Live : “I was surprised not to find any family member outside. I then took my phone and checked with my real mother-in-law, but she said she was only on her way. I then panicked, and cried helplessly.”
The heartbroken mum then asked the nurses and security in the ward what they had seen, but they said they didn’t know anything.
An investigation was launched and CCTV footage was checked, where Bikokuhle saw a woman leaving with her baby.
The baby’s grandmother, Phindile Monareng, said she was shocked to receive a call asking about the baby’s whereabouts.
Bikokuhle had given birth a month early and the new gran was still en route to the Soweto hospital when she got the call.
She said: “I was shaking and immediately rushed to the hospital where I found Biko [the mother], miserable.”
The baby was eventually found two days later at a house in Diepkloof, less than 5km away from the hospital, and returned to her mother after DNA tests.
Bikokuhle said: “When I found my baby, she was wearing new clothes and wrapped with a yellow blanket. I had only wrapped her with a receiving blanket.”
She immediately changed her clothes and threw the other clothes away.
The baby’s father, Thabang Morodi, 25, said he could not stop thinking about how he almost lost his daughter.
“It’s my first child, I didn’t understand why anyone would want to deny me an opportunity to be a father before I could even meet my daughter,” he said.
Despite being overjoyed by the baby’s safe return, the new parents have been left with many unanswered questions and are reportedly considering legal action.
Bikokuhle said: “Police told me that my baby was sold for R2,500 and I cannot stop thinking, what if I never found her?”
A 35-year-old was arrested in connection with the abduction of the child and was due to appear at the Protea Magistrate’s Court on Monday, a police spokesperson confirmed.
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