In 1997 a young woman who desperately wanted a baby had a miscarriage. She never told anyone, not even her husband.
Everyone around her continued to believe she was pregnant.
Four months later that woman went to a local maternity ward and took a newborn baby sleeping next to her mother and carried the tiny girl from the hospital.
For 18 years this woman in South Africa raised her as her own daughter, never allowing anyone – not even her husband - to know the girl was a famous stolen baby.
Zephany Nurse’s family and police conducted a major campaign to find baby Zephany and never gave up hope.
It wasn’t until a chance co-incidence that the girl was recognised and the woman’s life unravelled.
Overnight this strange story finally came to a close when the unnamed woman was found guilty of kidnapping. She was denied bail and now awaits sentencing.
The case attracted worldwide attention when Zephany Nurse, now aged 19 was reunited with her biological family.
Zephany is her biological name, the name she grew up with has not been revealed nor has the identify of the woman or the man who raised her.
The discovery came after one of the Nurse family's other daughters started going to a local secondary school and noticed a similarity with an older girl.
In a stunning co-incidence Zephany had grown up only miles from the Nurses.
Cassidy Nurse – Zephany’s biological sister – started at the same school at Zephany and classmates started noticing a resemblance between the estranged siblings, and the two became friends.
When Zephany’s father Morné noticed the two girls eating in McDonald’s one day, he began to suspect Cassidy’s new friend was actually the little girl who was taken from the family.