- A family was left confused and angry after they were given the wrong baby
- Agnes Lebyane, the grandmother of the child, said the baby did not stop crying
- And, after a few hours they received a call from the Pholosong Hospital, who informed them they took home someone else’s baby
When Agnes Lebyane brought her new born grandson home, she noticed the little baby would not stop crying, despite meeting his ancestors.
A few hours later she received a phone call from the hospital with shocking news, they gave her the wrong baby.
Lebanye recalled she fetched the little boy last Tuesday, but he was disconsolate after she brought him home.
She said she even burned incense to introduce him to his ancestors, but all her efforts were in vain.
“The child kept on crying. While I was still wondering what to do, I received a phone call from the hospital saying the child was not my daughter’s,” an enraged Lebyane said.
The 40-year-old said the family was left confused after the hospital instructed them to bring the baby back.
“When we took the baby back to the hospital, we were told the nurses had made a mistake and our baby was still being kept in an incubator for premature babies.”, the resident of Tsakane, Ekurhuleni said.
Briefly.co.za gathered the family had to wait until Monday to take home the correct baby.
She said they were upset with the medical institution’s carelessness, adding the clothes they bought for her grandson was given to the wrong child.
The Daily Sun reported Karabo Thekiso, the 17-year-old mother, was even breastfeeding the wrong baby.
“This is bad luck. We want the hospital to account for it.”, the angry grandmother added.
Lebyane said their family had a ceremony where they apologised to the ancestors for introducing them to the wrong baby.
“I think the baby didn’t stop crying because the ancestors were rejecting him.”, she said.
The grandmother said they even named the baby Lebato, which means joy in Tswana. But, they would keep the name for their child because it came to her in a dream.
Pungie Lingham, the CEO of Pholosong Hospital confirmed the babies were switched. She said when the manager discovered the mix-up, they contacted the mother immediately and explained the situations.
“She was redressed along with her mother and referred to a psychologist. The hospital will call Karabo for further engagement.”, Lingham said, adding Karabo brought the baby back within a few hours.
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