South Africa: Partners and families allegedly drugged women and in some cases even physically restrained them as doctors performed the procedure.
In December, Nomthandazo Zulu* was excited. She would be welcoming a baby in the new year and, after an earlier miscarriage, was relieved the pregnancy had entered its fourth month.
Zulu and her boyfriend, Bongani Mtshali*, had been trying to have a baby. The two shared in the initial joy of discovering Zulu’s pregnancy. But he had become distant in recent weeks.
“He wasn’t returning my calls or coming to see me. When I asked him why he just said he was just very busy at work,” Zulu recalls.
Towards the end of the month, Mtshali finally asked to see her. Zulu thought it was to reconcile. They went to Mtshali’s home where he disappeared for about half an hour, saying he had to fetch something. When he returned, the two had sex. “We started kissing and touching. He fingered me and then we had sex.”
Later that night at home, Zulu started having sharp abdominal pains. She thought it was normal, but then the cramps became unbearable. Zulu and her sister took a taxi to the Tshepo -Themba Private Hospital in Soweto, where she was immediately admitted.
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