New Vision (Kampala)

19 May 2012

Uganda: Woman Delivers Twins, One Disappears in Mulago Hospital

After nine months of pregnancy, Jenifer Nsimenta looked forward to delivering a healthy bouncing baby.

When the labour pains started, Nsimenta, a resident of Kyebando, was rushed to Mulago Hospital by her husband Michael Mubangizi.

It was not long before she gave birth to twins on March 14. Sadly, the nurse, who was attending to her, pronounced one of the babies dead and asked for a piece of cloth to wrap the body. "Because I was tired,

I gave her the cloth and dosed off," recalls Nsimenta.

However, at the time of discharge, the nurse could not trace the body from the ward and mortuary.

"We combed the hospital for two days until we gave up."

After three days, Nsimenta says, the nurse got them a body from the mortuary. "We rejected it because it was fresh and not wrapped in the cloth I had given her. But we were coerced by the nurse and her colleagues to take the body."

Suspecting foul play, the couple reported the matter to Wandegeya Police Station. The officer in charge of investigations at Wandegeya Police Station, Hebert Wanyoto, said they would use the results of the blood samples taken from the parents and the body to carry out a DNA test.

Mulago Hospital spokesperson Dan Kimosho urged the couple to remain calm as the matter is being investigated.

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