GOBABIS; A plan to extort money from her boyfriend went awfully wrong for a young Gobabis woman after it was discovered that a purported pregnancy, allegedly caused by her boyfriend, was a farce.
Nampa recently learnt of Cornelia Martin, 23, who managed to deceive her boyfriend over the past few months that she was carrying his baby, apparently in a bid to extort money from the unnamed boyfriend as support monies for her during the supposed pregnancy.
She was in fact not pregnant at all.
The plan hit a snag after the young woman decided to take the matter too far by claiming to the boyfriend last week that she was rushed to the hospital Gobabis State Hospital, where she delivered a premature baby, who later died.
When the boyfriend attempted to come to the hospital to see his girlfriend and the premature baby for himself, Martin allegedly did all in her might to stop him from going to the hospital, claiming that a nurse had already taken the foetus away and incinerated it due to its condition.
When the heat became too much for Martin to handle because her boyfriend was ‘breathing down her neck’ demanding answers, she turned against the hospital administration by accusing nurses of unprofessional conduct.
“She told nurses at the hospital that they had no right to incinerate her baby without her consent. Nurses could, however, not find any trace of her having given birth, let alone having been admitted to the hospital at all.
That is when we became suspicious of her claims,” Christencia Thataone, the Regional Director of the Ministry of Health and Social Services in the Omaheke Region, told Nampa on Wednesday.
While the hospital administration was investigating her claims, Martin apparently opened a case of negligence and professional misconduct with the police at Gobabis, supposedly in a bid to satisfy the curiosity of her boyfriend.
The Ministry of Health, upon learning of the police report, asked Martin to undergo a medical check-up to determine if she had in fact given birth, which came out negative.
“There were no signs of her ever giving birth at all. Even her breasts were flat without any milk, and her uterus showed that she had not carried a baby as she claimed,” explained Thataone.
The findings were made known to the police, and the young woman was called in to explain herself on Friday.
After initially sticking to her story, she later yielded to police interrogations and admitted that she had made up the whole story.
In a two-page police declaration seen by this reporter, Martin confessed that she was never pregnant, and had not delivered any baby at the hospital as she had initially claimed.
She apologised to the line ministry for dragging the name of the Gobabis Hospital into her botched story.
“I made up the story that I was expecting. I lied that I was pregnant so that my boyfriend could give me money, which I told him will be used for transport to the north, where I was supposed to take the ‘baby’,” she stated under oath.
No criminal charges were laid against her, and she escaped with a warning from the police not to repeat such an offence.
The Ministry of Health and Social Services accepted her written apology.