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BYO Hospital Under Fire After Newborn Baby’s Toe Gets Amputated In Suspected ‘Juju’ Ritual

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A Bulawayo couple is in the crosshairs with United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH) authorities after discovering that their newborn baby’s middle toe had been mysteriously amputated soon after birth.

The father Ngoni Madzinga said that his wife gave birth to a bouncing baby girl on March 20 at UBH, but was later informed by a nurse that the baby had a cut.

“She was shown the baby and the baby was taken for dressing. The nurse came back asking the mother if she had noticed that the baby had a cut. The nurse said doctors checked the baby and the mother thought it was just a minor cut,” Madzinga said.

“When I went to the hospital for the evening visit that day I told them we wanted to see the cut as they were changing the baby’s diapers and only to find

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out that the toe had been cut off. The next day I went back to see the matron at maternity wing to inquire on what had transpired. She told me that she wasn’t aware of the incident because she was not there when it occurred.”

Madzinga said the matron called a doctor who had attended to the infant.

“The doctor confirmed that the baby’s toe had been cut off, but did not know what had happened. I was advised to go and check the extent of the damage with the bone specialists,” he said.

One Doctor Matinde confirmed that there was a wound on the left leg, with the bone exposed and suggested that the toe had been cut off during umbilical code cutting

However, the couple suspects that the amputation was ritualistic.

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