Phantom babies haunt Lotto star

Cape Town - Lotto show host Nimrod Nkosi was over the moon when his girlfriend told him she was pregnant with triplets. He rushed out and spent almost R20 000 on baby paraphernalia. But then he discovered it was all a lie...

There was instant attraction when they met, the TV star and the casino public relations officer. Nimrod Nkosi, 31, host of the Lotto show, felt like he'd found a soulmate in 22-year-old Alice Myeza.

"We hit it off immediately," he says.

Not long afterwards she moved into his upmarket Winchester Hills townhouse in one of Johannesburg's southern suburbs. Five months later, last July, she told him the good news - she was pregnant.

They were in love and over the moon. The baby was due in March and they started planning a December wedding.

"I was sure she was the right person. Up until then, everything was on track. We took walks in the park, had coffee, went shopping. I got to know her family: her mother, dad, brother and sisters..."

Later Alice told him she'd learnt she was pregnant with triplets. All boys! Nimrod could hardly contain his excitement.

Couldn't put his finger on it

Something wasn't right but the tall, handsome dad-to-be couldn't quite put his finger on it. He looked at Alice with her swelling belly and tried to shake off his fears.

After all his beautiful fiancée kept reassuring him everything was going to be all right, that soon their three bouncing baby boys would be born and their new life together as a family would begin . . .

"She even came home and showed me the scans and everything, including doctors' notes telling me we were going to have triplets. All those things I later found out were bogus," he says, shaking his head.

Alice had many visits with her doctors and when Nimrod's schedule cleared up he wanted to accompany her. But she kept cancelling their appointments at the last minute, offering excuses.

"You know when you ask questions and you get pushed from pillar to post? I wanted to really get an answer but when people duck and dive you begin to suspect something."

He kept pressing to see her doctor so on a Wednesday morning in March the couple went to Brenthurst Clinic to see her gynaecologist.

"She wanted to have a check-up. I said okay, I'll come in but she said she didn't feel comfortable. The doctor said I couldn't force her."

He waited five minutes in the waiting room.

Puzzled

"When I came back into the room, the doctor was clearly puzzled. He could see there was friction between us. Then he said things weren't clear. I asked what he meant and he said he wanted to do more tests."

They arranged to return the following day. Alice was nowhere to be found the next day so Nimrod went alone. The doctor sat him down, looked him straight in the eye and broke the news: Alice wasn't pregnant.

He'd never heard of a phantom pregnancy and read up to find that it's a rare condition in which a woman has an imaginary pregnancy, probably the result of a strong desire for motherhood.

The condition can be so extreme she takes on all the symptoms of pregnancy including missing her period and developing an enlarged abdomen and swollen breasts that can even secrete milk.

A pregnancy test can even show a false positive result and the woman can report sensations of foetal movement.

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