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Pretoria - A Pretoria woman is beside herself with anxiety after her newborn twin babies, a boy and a girl, went missing from George Mukhari Hospital on Wednesday.
A family spokeswoman, Ngwanabokone Maleswene, said Helen Pheladi Magaba gave birth to the twins on August 25, but had her hospital stay extended for a few days as one of the twins had health problems.
The babies were stolen on the day that she was supposed to be discharged.
A man and a woman dressed in nurses’ uniform came to Magaba and told her that the twins needed a final examination before they could be taken home and they moved them to a different room.
Magaba followed them to the room, but they instructed her to go back to the ward as her babies would be brought back there after the examination. Two hours later, Magaba became suspicious and approached nurses to ask about her babies, and that’s when it was discovered that the babies had actually been stolen.
“What we don’t understand is where were the hospital’s staff members when all this was happening in their hospital?” said Maleswene.
Maleswene said a check at the security gate indicated that the babies had been discharged with their “mother”.
“To me it just looks like an inside job,” she said.
Maleswene said Magaba was in a very bad place emotionally and the family could not think of the appropriate things to say to her.
Gauteng Health Department spokesman, Simon Zwane, said he was not aware of the incident, but would follow up on it.
SAPS provincial spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Lungelo Dlamini could not be reached for comment as his phone went unanswered.