- A woman found out five years ago that the son she raised for 20 years is not her biological child
- She believes her baby was swapped with another in hospital
- The mother is now suing the Gauteng health department as a result
20 years ago, a mother's newborn baby was swapped with another. Now she wants her biological child back.
The woman, Maki (not her real name), found out five years ago that the son she had raised was not her biological child.
Maki believes that a nurse at Dr Yusuf Dadoo Hospital in Krugersdorp may have been responsible for the switch.
According to Sowetan Live, Maki learned that her son was not her biological child after she took her ex-husband to court over child maintenance.
The father asked for DNA tests to be done before he paid the child support. The test, and two subsequent tests, confirmed that the child was not genetically related to Maki. Their other three children are Maki's biological children.
Maki claims she suffered emotional trauma as a result of the switch. Consequently, she has been locked in a long-running legal battle with the Gauteng Department of Health. They offered Maki a settlement of R2 million, but Maki has rejected it, demanding R40 million.
Maki says that the revelation about her child hurt her deeply and that she no longer knows how to treat him.
She says that her son has also been affected after learning that he is not his mother's biological child. Maki says he has become "rebellious" as a result, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
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