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Armless but in her dad's arms

By unknown | Apr 16, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Victor Hlungwani

The father of Shiluva Sibiya, the baby born without arms, has visited her daughter for the first time and disputed the baby's mother claims that he abandoned the child because she was armless.

"I was at work in Gauteng and I was told about the child. But our tradition says that if you have been sick for a long time you are not allowed to see a new born baby.

"I was also not given enough days off at my work," said Lucky Sibiya.

"So today I am here to see my baby, I did not run away."

Shiluva was born at the Tonga Hospital near Komatipoort where according to her mother, Vutlharhi Mahlale, authorities refused to transfer her to Witbank Hospital for more sophisticated medical attention.

Mahlale claimed that she was told she could not be transferred because she could not speak in siSwati.

Sibiya's visit came after Sowetan published the child's plight and since public donations have been pouring in for the baby.


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