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Hospital mix-up adds to grief of mom who can't bury twins

By unknown | Nov 03, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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More than a year after they died, a mother still can't bury her twins - because of a mix-up by hospital staff.

One of the bodies is at a private mortuary in Gauteng and the other, exhumed in July after being buried in Kwa-Zulu Natal, is back at the Natalspruit Hospital in Ekurhuleni.

Nobuhle Ndlebe's twins, Lindokhule and Lindelani, died a few days after being born prematurely at the Natalspruit Hospital in October last year.

But this was also the beginning of great agony for Mondli Ndaba and Duduzile Mazibuko. Their baby, also named Lindokuhle, died immediately after birth.

Baby Lindokuhle Ndlebe was mistakenly thought to be Ndaba's baby. This was how one of Ndlebe's twins was buried by the Ndabas in Bergville, KwaZulu-Natal.

Ndlebe refused to bury one of her babies without knowing where the body of the twin was. On several occasions the hospital staff tried to convince her that other dead babies were hers. She was adamant none of them was her child.

Speaking to Sowetan yesterday Ndlebe, 34, said she last heard from the hospital in July, when she was asked to give consent to exhume her baby.

Lindokuhle Ndlebe's body was finally exhumed last week.

The hospital's acting chief executive, Koos Mabena, said yesterday: "Ndlebe's baby was exhumed on October 26. We carried out DNA tests and are waiting for the results," he said.

Mabena said Lindokuhle would be handed over to Ndlebe once DNA results confirmed the child's parentage.

Meanwhile Mondli Ndaba, 26, confirmed that he had buried his own child in July this year after being informed by the Natalspruit Hospital that he had buried the wrong baby.

Ndaba said: "First I couldn't believe it. But in July the authorities exhumed the body of the baby I buried last year.

"This will stay with me for the rest of my life," said Ndaba.


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