The mother of a baby that went missing on 16 November 2017, from the 34 Military Hospital in Wilberforce, Benetta Kargbo, says she was admitted to the Military Hospital while in labour. She delivered a baby boy, according to nurse Kumba, who assisted in the birth. She said she never held her baby and did not know the sex of the baby. Dr. Thomasia George, the attending physician, told Kargbo the baby was “a fresh still birth”. “When I regained consciousness,” said Kargbo, “I was told that I delivered a fresh still birth. I was in the hospital with the father of the baby, Reginald Glenn Taylor.” She said Taylor showed her a photo of a baby. He said that was the baby that died. Kargbo said Taylor took the baby to the Connaught Mortuary, unbeknownst to her. After Kargbo’s discharge from Hospital, with a death certificate for the baby, on 22nd November 2019, she was told there was no record of her delivering a baby or being admitted at the Hospital. “An investigation was launched into the missing baby but up till now, nothing has come out of it. If the baby was here, he would be two-years old on 16th November 2019,” she noted. However, an investigation was conducted by the MoD/RSLAF, with the CID, and key findings were published. Kargbo believes the baby’s father, the baby and medical staff, might be involved in something illegal and is still concerned about the baby she delivered. Kargbo said, “I am being harassed, humiliated and called names on social media. I am not a surrogate mother. All I need is my baby to help me get closure.”
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The Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) released a statement signed by Major Yayah Brima, Staff Officer Grade 2, Defence Public Relations and Information, on 26 September 2019. The summary statement said the CID had investigated the matter and found that Benetta delivered a stillborn baby. The case file had been forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecution who noted, “The allegation could not be charged to court due to lack of evidence… and hence exonerating all the four accused medical workers.” The statement said, “MoD/RSLAF considers the allegation as an attempt to dent the reputation of a hospital…”
By David Thoronka
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