22-year-old Josephine Nafula has confessed to faking a pregnancy in a bid to steal a baby at a Bungoma hospital, citing four miscarriages in the past.
Nafula, who hails from Uganda, claims her two previous marriages ended after failing to bear kids as her pregnancies ended up in miscarriage.
It was on Monday night when the incident happened at Lugulu Mission Hospital in Webuye Bungoma County. Nafula, accompanied by her mother-in-law, checked in to be admitted for delivery citing labour pains.
The doctors were, however, surprised when the “woman in labour” resisted being examined. Upon request of her maternal card that indicates hospital check-ups, Nafula claimed that she forgot hers at home.
Hospital administrator Jackson Fukwo raised the alarm and conducted a check-up only to find clothes and rugs tucked around her tummy.
“When medics insisted on the check-up, they were shocked that she had tied clothes and rugs around her tummy and there was no pregnancy at all,” Fukwo narrated.
The rags were forcibly removed and police were called in and took her to Webuye police station
“I can confirm that she checked in pretending to be in serious labour pains and was directed to the maternity wing as is the norm. But when nurses requested for an AFC card normally given to all pregnant patients to show attendance of prenatal clinics, she lied that she had forgotten the document at home,” Mr Fukwo told journalists.
Bungoma East police boss Valerian Obore, who confirmed the woman’s arrest, said they had launched investigations into the matter.
“If found culpable, the woman will be charged in court,” said the police boss.