A previous maternity ward nurse at a University Teaching Hospital in Zambia has claimed, while on her deathbed, to have swapped over 5,000 newborn babies at birth meaning they may be spending their life with a different family to their biological one unbeknownst to anyone, but are the claims true?
The Zambian Observer released an article in which they claim to have been speaking to a nurse by the name of Elizabeth Mwewa who apparently used to work at the The University Teaching Hospital, formerly known as Lusaka Hospital in Zambia.
The Zambian Observer quoted her as saying:
"I have terminal cancer and I know I will be dying soon. I wish to confess my sins before God and before all the affected people especially those who were giving birth at UTH during my service [...] In the 12 years I worked in the maternity ward at UTH, I swapped close to 5000 babies."
She went on to say, 'If you were born in UTH between the years 1983 to 1995 chances are your parents may not be your biological parents.'
The claim had people quickly questioning where and how she found the opportunity to swap the babies so easily due to the amount of other working nurses and hospital protocols. I can only hope that the horrific claims are fake, for the sake of all those poor families!
The claims were still looked into though according to the Lusaka Times:
"Preliminary investigations into reports that about 5000 babies were swapped at the UTH between 1983 and 1995 have reviewed that there is no midwife in the General Nursing Council of Zambia Register by the name of Elizabeth Bwalya Mwewa. The investigation has also revealed that no midwife by that name ever existed and later on worked in maternity ward at the University Teaching Hospitals."
The article went on to assure people that, 'the investigation into the matter will help to verify the authenticity of the report and has called for calm among stakeholders as investigations continue in the matter.'
However, the findings are already pointing towards the fact that these freakin' awful claims are false, which leaves me wondering why someone would lie about this?!
Stories of people being swapped at birth don't simply exist as convenient plot devices in Shakespearian farces and sitcoms, but real-life incidents of babies being switched at birth do happen.
Only last year the Mirror reported on a story in which two girls had been switched at birth and spent 30 years in the wrong homes.
The switch led to one of the children being raised in a wealthy middle-class household and the other in 'grinding poverty', when their lives were meant to be reversed. The mix-up was only realsied after DNA tests 30 years later.
Babies being switched at birth is one of the modern horror stories for most people, the idea that you may be living the life of someone else is an eerie thought. However, the reality is that these stories are few and far between, and the idea that one nurse managed to switch around 5,000 babies without being caught is pretty hard to swallow!
Let me know in the comments what you make of this nurse's claims! Do you think that she's just doing it for attention or could there be some truth in her statements? I hope not! AAx
(Cover image credits: Times Of Israel)