Missing baby’s mother to undergo DNA test

By: BERNARD OGEMBO

A woman whose one-day-old child mysteriously disappeared from the Nakuru Provincial General Hospital a week ago will take a DNA test this week.

Ms Elizabeth Odhiambo’s newborn disappeared hours after delivery.

“It is the worst thing I could ever have imagined. All I want is to be with my daughter,” said Ms Odhiambo.

Hospital medical superintendent John Murima said they would take a DNA sample from the mother and perform a postmortem on two bodies that had earlier been presented to her as belonging to her baby.

“Thereafter we’ll investigate what might have led to the sudden death. The same test on the father is optional,” said Dr Murima.

He said the hospital management would investigate the nurse, who took away the baby, in case results of the examination reveal mischief in the baby’s disappearance.

He asked the distraught parents to be patient as the hospital management follows up on the matter.

Baby Stella was born around 6pm on Wednesday last week and spent the night at the hospital.

The following day, around 6am, her father visited them at the hospital and found the wife breast feeding her.

The child disappeared that morning. Although the hospital management claims the child died when she was taken away from the mother by one of the nurses, the alleged death was not reported anywhere. The body has also not been traced.

“My wife told me that my daughter was picked by one of the nurses who claimed that she was taking her for routine medical examination but she later came back to the ward with the child’s clothes only,” said Mr John Owino.

The nurse told the child’s mother that her baby had died. However, it was not recorded anywhere, neither could the body be traced in the mortuary.

Mr Owino said when they went to check with the mortuary attendant, they were disfigured bodies of two infants. “I was surprised when I saw the disfigured body of a baby girl with the name of a boy,” he said.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION