Abortion turns into a nightmare

“The last dream I had was a few nights ago. I am back home in Hlabisa and my boyfriend hands me a baby,” says Gugu Ngubeni*. “It looks like a normal child, except that it has no eyes.”

Ngubeni takes a deep, shaky breath. “I think it’s because they showed me the baby. Maybe if I hadn’t seen it I would not be having these kinds of dreams.”

It has been months since Ngubeni went to the Lower Umfolozi Regional War Memorial Hospital in the KwaZulu-Natal town of Empangeni to get an abortion. But what was meant to be a simple procedure turned out to be a nightmare that she would relive for months to come.

On May 27 Ngubeni’s boyfriend dropped her off in front of the hospital for her appointment. She was three months pregnant. The 26-year-old says she was already nervous about the procedure, but when the nurses on duty told her that they were going to show her the foetus once it had been removed, an immense fear washed over her.

Read it at the M&G.

Image – Cornel van Heerden/Beeld