Nearly a month after part of a newborn baby's finger disappeared in hospital, the mother said she is still waiting for answers from the health authorities.
Makhosi Gumede, from Umlazi, south of Durban, said her daughter lost half her little finger shortly after she was born at Umlazi's Prince Mshiyeni Hospital.
Hospital staff told her the baby might have swallowed part of her finger - or it might have been bitten off by a cockroach.
Gumede gave birth to her baby girl three months prematurely on September 26.
"I cried tears of joy. She was perfect. She had all 10 fingers and toes."
Soon after the birth, the baby had a drip inserted into her left hand.
"The hand was bandaged when the drip was removed. When they removed the bandages, I noticed that half her little finger was missing.
"I alerted the nurses, only to be told that my baby might have swallowed her own finger or that it might have been eaten by a cockroach.
Leon Mbanjwa, spokesman for the provincial Health Department, said the mystery of the missing finger was being investigated.
Meanwhile, Suthentira Govender reports a young mother is suing KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Health Penny Nkonyeni for R250 000 over complications that arose during her son's birth. It is claimed that the baby's leg was broken during delivery. As a result, two-year-old Hassan Ali walks with a limp.