Cape Town - An astonishing coincidence has led to the discovery of Zephany Nurse – stolen from her mother’s arms in Groote Schuur Hospital as a newborn 17 years ago.
A DNA test has confirmed that Zephany, now in matric at a Cape Town school, is the daughter of Celeste and Morné Nurse, who lost their three-day-old daughter when she was snatched from her sleeping mother’s arms in her hospital bed in April 1997.
Now a 50-year-old woman has been arrested by the Hawks. She is to appear in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Friday.
Celeste and Morné Nurse, who went on to have three more children, have celebrated Zephany’s birthday every year since, never giving up hope that their first-born would come back to them someday.
Zephany grew up with a different name, and a different family, never knowing she was not their real daughter. But last month her biological sister, Cassidy Nurse, started Grade 8 at the same school that Zephany attended, and fellow pupils noticed a startling resemblance she bore to a matric pupil.