Former nurse goes missing from hospital, mother distraught

2012-02-09 00:00

THE distraught mother of Linda Nel (40), who has been missing since Tuesday, said all she wants is for her daughter to return to her safely.

Holding a photograph of Linda, Annetjie Nel cried as she said: “Please come back home Linda.”

Nel went missing from Port Shepstone Provincial Hospital on Tuesday morning.

“I don’t know where she slept last night or what she is eating,” said Nel.

Linda was admitted to hospital on Friday where she was receiving medical attention. She lived on her own in Hibberdene, but sometimes stayed with her mother in Uvongo.

She was a professional nurse at the hospital until 2009, when she was released from her job due to a medical condition.

Nel said: “I am a 62-year-old widow. I don’t know what more to do.

“On Monday she told me that she needed to go to Albert Luthuli Hospital [on Tuesday] because she had an appointment.”

She approached a nurse at the hospital to find out if her daughter really had an appointment at the Durban hospital.

The nurse told her there was no such thing.

“The next morning [Tuesday] when I came to visit her she was not in her bed and the nurses asked me where she was.”

Hospital security staff were told of Nel’s disappearance.

“They phoned Albert Luthuli to see if she had gone there, but there was no record of an appointment or of her coming to the hospital. Their CCTV footage shows that she left the hospital gates at around 5:30 am.”

A spokesperson for Port Shepstone Hospital, Phumza Morai, confirmed that she had gone missing.

Lieutenant-Colonel Vincent Mdunge said that yesterday at about midday Nel withdrew money from the ATM near Durban station.

Police are investigating.

Anyone with information of Nel’s whereabouts is asked to call the investigating officer, Detective Warrant Officer Rams Ramphal, at 079 500 12 51.

She is about 1,6 metres tall, weighs about 45 kg and has old scars on her hands and knees. She has dark hair with grey patches on the sides. She was last seen wearing blue denim jeans, a dark anorak and brown takkies.

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