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Four-legged baby's body not home yet

By unknown | Jul 26, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Frank Maponya

Frank Maponya

The body of the Limpopo baby born with four legs, who died last week, has still not been delivered to her parents.

This was due to the failure of authorities at the George Mukhari Hospital in GaRankuwa, Pretoria, to release postmortem results on the cause of death. The family was initially promised an answer on Monday.

The baby was born at the Lebowakgomo Hospital in Limpopo on July 5. After her birth, doctors discovered that she had two additional legs. They recommended that she be transferred to the George Mukhari Hospital for an operation to remove the "unusual" legs.

She died on Thursday, a few days after undergoing a preliminary operation which, according to her parents, had nothing to do with the removal of the additional legs.

Speaking to Sowetan yesterday, the baby's mother, who did not wish to be named, said she did not understand the reasons for the delay in releasing the baby's body for burial.

"It has been the most traumatic experience since my daughter died. I can't stomach it anymore.

"Those people must just bring the body for us to bury her and have peace," said the 23-year-old unemployed mother.

The grieving mother said they were only told the body would be transported to Lebowakgomo Hospital where they would have to collect it sometime this week.

Her boyfriend, who works in Johannesburg, said: "All we want is to bury our baby and get over the matter because we have gone through a lot of pain."


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