A shocking story from Zambia has the Internet wondering if it’s all a joke if perhaps we’ve just met the world’s worst maternity ward nurse ever. A nurse named Elizabeth Bwalya Mwewa recently claimed to have “developed a habit of swapping newly born babies just for fun” while working at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia.
However thats just the start of this shocking tale. Elizabeth claims to have terminal cancer and “will be dying soon” — so she want’s to come clean now to ask for forgiveness.
The alleged “swaps” happened over a 12-year span, between 1983 and 1995. This is pretty hard details to hear, as these babies would now be full gown adults.
People reckon the whole thing is a hoax and a desperate plea for attention. The social media outcry gained so much attention loud, the Lusaka Times did a preliminary investigation into the matter on its own.
They found no midwife or nurse by the name of Elizabeth Bwalya Mwewa that practiced at that hospital during the years she claimed to have swapped the babies. However if that’s true, why would somebody lie about such a thing?
Mwewa was adamant in her claims, and wanted to leave this world with a clean conscience.
“I wish to confess my sins before God and before all the affected people especially those who were giving birth at UTH during my service,” Mwewa explains, “I have found God [and I am] now born again. I have nothing to hide. In the 12 years I worked in the maternity ward at UTH, I swapped close to 5,000 babies.”
There was no proof that the swaps even occurred, which leaves the whole claim feeling a bit dubious. Stories about babies who were switched at birth are rare, but they do occur.
In 2015, two babies in India were accidentally switched at birth in the northeastern state of Assam. Following the discovery of the news it took almost two years to prove via DNA testing, the toddlers were so attached to their families, they reportedly refused to switch.
Another story back in 1998, two baby girls, Rebecca Chittum and Callie Johnson, who were accidentally switched at University of Virginia Hospital three years prior.
Here’s hoping this story is in fact what conspiracy theorists believe: one big hoax. Because if these claims really are true, they’re almost too upsetting to imagine
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