Ms Lukia Nadago should be nursing her new-born baby but instead struggles to hold back tears after a woman she describes as short, of a light complexion and wearing a veil stole her baby on Sunday.
“I did not talk much with the woman but she was there on a bed next to me and she left a couple of times claiming she was going to breast-feed her baby that was in special care unit,” Ms Nadago recalls.
At about 5am on Sunday morning, Nadago’s joy of giving birth to a baby girl was crushed in a blink of an eye after the stranger disappeared with her new born baby at Mulago hospital. Ms Nadago, who hails from Kawanda, a city suburb, gave birth last Saturday to a healthy baby girl.
It was after she had been transferred from the labour ward for recuperation that she met a woman with a cannula on her who disguised as a new mother and informed her that she had given birth to a premature baby.
Within no time, the ladies had become friends since they had something in common- they were both “new mothers”. They continued talking for the rest of the evening and when Nadago wanted to go and change her sanitary towel, she entrusted her baby with the stranger. Upon return, the woman had vanished with the child.
Mr Enoch Kusasira, the Mulago hospital’s spokesperson, advised mothers that use the facility to be cautious about their surroundings.
“In this case, the naivety of the mother has transferred to criminal negligence and with common cases of child-trafficking and cases where women steal babies and deceive their partners, you cannot blindly trust anybody,” Mr Kusasira says.
However, Ms Nadago’s aunt, Ms Jessica Napera, who was her caretaker in the hospital, says she was blocked from entering the ward.
“The guards told us they did not see anybody leaving with a child,” she says.
Last year, Gorreth Kajumba and Samuel Egesa sued Mulago hospital of negligence after their newborn baby girl went missing. A similar case of a stolen baby was recorded in the hospital in 2013 after Aisha Nampijja’s baby disappeared. Nampijja had entrusted the baby with a woman while she had gone to respond to nature’s call.