A 24-year-old South African woman, Zephany Nurse, who was kidnapped from the hospital when she was merely a 3-day-old baby has spoken on her reunion with her birth family.
Zephany Nurse has revealed how she now has a good relationship with her birth parents after initially rejecting them to support the kidnapper, Lavona Solomon, who raised her as her own child for almost 18 years.
Nurse who is from Cape Town said she was left shocked when she took a photograph with a school friend called Cassidy Nurse, who was three years younger but looked identical to her.
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After Cassidy showed the image to her parents, Morne and Celeste, that’s when the matter was pursued until it was proven that Zephany was Cassidy’s sister.
Zephany was kidnapped from her sleeping mother’s arms who had just given birth at Groote Schuur Hospital in April 1997 by a woman dressed in a nurse’s uniform.
The woman who kidnapped her was sentenced to 10 years in jail for kidnapping, fraud and violating the Children’s Act.
Appearing on This Morning today with her birth family, Zephany admitted that she couldn’t’ believe it at first when a positive DNA test proved who her real parents were. Recalling the moment she discovered her true identity, Zephany said:
_At the time when they presented to me that they were going to do the DNA test, no way in my normal, right mind, in my 17 years of age at that time, could I ever possibly think that this DNA test could actually be positive._
_Because life was so normal for me. It shook my entire world when the results came back. It was shocking._
Then a teenager, Zephany cut off her birth family in support of the kidnapper.
Zephany, now a mother of two, said having her own children has helped ‘open up her heart to both her mums and daddies.’
Zephany was a 17-year-old high school student when classmates started telling her about a girl several years younger than her who she looked ‘identical’ to.
The girls struck up a close friendship, despite their age difference, and soon became inseparable leading to the discovery that they were, indeed, related.
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