Parents Request DNA Test To Solve Mystery Over Newly born’s Death:
A family was reported to have demanded a DNA test of the body of their newly born who was announced dead.
The family demanded DNA results before burial because they assumed the baby was swapped. The mother of the baby who was identified as Thelma Chidakwa, 20 years old, is said to have received pictures of a living baby on her Whatsapp from an unknown person than she later got the news that her baby had died.
It is this incident that led the family members think that their baby was exchanged for a dead one.
In an interview with Chitungwiza Central Hospital Acting Chief Executive Officer, Dr Michael Chiwanga said the DNA test will only be processed when the family seeks permission from the court of laws.
“We admitted a maternity patient on the 11th of November 2020 and gave birth to a baby boy,” said Dr Chiwanga.
“The 20-year-old woman refused to accept giving birth to a still baby and the medical records I received clearly show that.
“Records of labour stages were taken and two midwives led by sister Muronzi attended her and the results show that the baby was born dead.
“The body does not belong to the family when dead and that is why we asked them to take a legal process before the body is taken for maternity DNA testing of the mother, father and body.
“They engaged Global DNA Zimbabwe and it’s a private company hence the need to seek permission from the courts of law,
One of the family members was reported to have threatened to sleep at the mortuary if the DNA test is not procecessed.
According to H-Metro, Dr Chiwanga agreed that incidents like that do happen but they have not yet witnessed one at their hospital and that its the first report was a couple demands DNA test for the deceased newborn.
Thelma’s mother Dadirayi Mutamera said the way the midwives conveyed the message of birth and death raised more questions leading them to suspect that ‘their’ baby is alive.
“I took my daughter to the hospital around midday and we received a message at 1930hrs from one of the sisters congratulating us for a normal delivery and birth of the child,” said Mutamera.
“Within some minutes Thelma phoned telling us that the baby had passed on and asked us to rush there.
“The sisters who were on duty discouraged us from travelling during the night since the child had passed on.
“She asked us if we were interested in viewing the body and quickly asked for permission to attend to a patient who was in the labour ward in a way to discourage us from viewing the body.
“From 11th of November until today we have been raising questions and apart from that, an anonymous person sent some photographs of the baby to Thelma’s WhatsApp contact number.
“We showed them the photographs and how we received them but they held a meeting privately and we do not know what they discussed.
Mutamera also commented that they were threatened by a male police officer at the mortuary. She said the police officer ordered them to take the body for burial and they refused to.
“We agreed with the authorities to engage our private company to take the body for DNA tests and the hospital would engage their own to carry the same tests.
“They made a u-turn and are now asking us to approach the courts of law for an order for DNA tests but police are arguing that no docket was opened by any of us but it is our right to take it for tests,” said Mutamera.