In Summary
  • Accompanied by her husband and other family members, Ms Gathoni returned to the hospital and raised the issue with the management.

  • The complaint prompted a search for other two women who delivered at about the same time she did.
  • By about 3pm, the medical team had managed to trace three women who had been in the same ward as Ms Gathoni. She then identified her child. 

There was confusion at the Kiambu Level Five Hospital on Tuesday after a mother returned a baby she had taken home, claiming she had been given a girl instead of the boy she delivered.

Curiously, Ms Lydia Gathoni, 31, breastfed the baby on Monday and Tuesday morning, and realised the anomaly only Tuesday.

FRANTIC SEARCH

Accompanied by her husband and other family members, Ms Gathoni returned to the hospital and raised the issue with the management.

The complaint prompted a search for other two women who delivered at about the same time she did.

By about 3pm, the medical team had managed to trace three women who had been in the same ward as Ms Gathoni. She then identified her child. 

She lay the blame for the mix-up squarely on the hospital’s negligence, saying the matter should be investigated to find out whether there was child trafficking syndicate within the hospital.

“My wife was admitted to Kiambu Level Five Hospital on Sunday evening after developing labour pains. All along we knew the child was supposed to be a baby boy, only to be shocked on Tuesday morning when my wife was attending to the child and realised that it was a girl,” her husband, Mr Boniface Mathenge, told the Nation at the hospital. 

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