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Miché Solomon, 21, from Cape Town, was shocked when she caught up with a friend from school named Cassidy Nurse, who was three years younger but looked identical.

A woman revealed her shock after a selfie with a friend at school led her to discover that the woman she thought she was her & # 39; mother & # 39; had actually stolen her from a hospital.

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Miché Solomon, 21, from Cape Town, was shocked when she caught up with a friend from school named Cassidy Nurse, who was three years younger but looked identical.

After showing the image to their parents, the girls later discovered that they were half-sisters and that Miché was actually born Zephany Nurse, who was kidnapped 17 years earlier from Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town and had never been found.

Miché spoke for the first time since the ordeal and said she was devastated by what had happened BBC: & # 39; I was in shock there. My life had got out of hand. & # 39;

Miché Solomon, 21, from Cape Town, was shocked when she caught up with a friend from school named Cassidy Nurse, who was three years younger but looked identical.

Miché Solomon, 21, from Cape Town, was shocked when she caught up with a friend from school named Cassidy Nurse, who was three years younger but looked identical.

Miché said she had felt a direct bond with the younger girl Cassidy, and that the two joked about being sisters in three school hours.

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But after they had taken a selfie where they looked eerily the same, the teenagers showed their parents surprise.

When Cassidy, Celeste and Morne Nurse's parents saw the photo, they asked to know what Miché & # 39; s birthday was.

Morne met the girl who told him that her birthday was the same day as Zephany and he went to the police with his suspicions.

Morne Nurse and Celeste Nurse, the biological parents of the kidnapped Zephany Nurse, who was born in South Africa, hug each other after legal proceedings in Cape Town

Morne Nurse and Celeste Nurse, the biological parents of the kidnapped Zephany Nurse, who was born in South Africa, hug each other after legal proceedings in Cape Town

Morne Nurse and Celeste Nurse, the biological parents of the kidnapped Zephany Nurse, who was born in South Africa, hug each other after legal proceedings in Cape Town

A few weeks later, she was called to headquarters and told that the woman she believed to be her birth mother had in fact stolen her from the hospital 17 years earlier.

The case of missing Zephany Nurse was one of the largest and longest running news stories in South Africa.

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And first, Miché said she was skeptical about the story, but she agreed to a DNA test that convincingly proved that the nurses were her parents.

She was destroyed by the revelation and said: & I was in shock there. My life had got out of hand. & # 39;

It is thought that Lavona concealed a miscarriage and then falsified her pregnancy before bringing Zephany home from the hospital (photo arrived at her court case at Cape Town High Court)

It is thought that Lavona concealed a miscarriage and then falsified her pregnancy before bringing Zephany home from the hospital (photo arrived at her court case at Cape Town High Court)

It is thought that Lavona concealed a miscarriage and then falsified her pregnancy before bringing Zephany home from the hospital (photo arrived at her court case at Cape Town High Court)

Miché was left destroyed when the police arrested Lavona Solomon and accused her that she had entered the hospital and taken her from her parents.

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She said she lost the woman she thought her mother had & # 39; broken & # 39 ;, and said she was overwhelmed by the thought that Lovona was not her mother.

She was crushed by the thought that the woman she thought was her mother had lied to her.

It is thought that Lavona concealed a miscarriage and then falsified the rest of her pregnancy before she stole the baby, brought the baby home, and pretended to have given birth alone.

And although Celeste and Morne Nurse had welcomed three more children, including Cassidy, they had never stopped hoping that one day they would be reunited with their daughter.

Morne discovered his missing daughter after he realized how similar Cassidy looked like a friend - and after he determined when it was Miché's birthday, he went to the police with his suspicions (photo, arrived at the court in 2016)

Morne discovered his missing daughter after he realized how similar Cassidy looked like a friend - and after he determined when it was Miché's birthday, he went to the police with his suspicions (photo, arrived at the court in 2016)

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Morne discovered his missing daughter after he realized how similar Cassidy looked like a friend – and after he determined when it was Miché's birthday, he went to the police with his suspicions (photo, arrived at the court in 2016)

Even though they were divorced, they even celebrated her birthday every year – not knowing that their daughter lived just 5 km from them.

Miché then saw the daunting prospect of meeting her biological parents, something she said had mixed feelings.

She said she & # 39; nothing & # 39; felt about the nurses, but suggested she & # 39; pity & # 39; for them because they had experienced a lot.

The trial of Lavona Solomon at the Supreme Court in Cape Town began in August 2015, with both Miché and her biological parents hearing her testimony.

Miché & # 39; s biological mother Celeste Nurse had never stopped hoping that one day she would find her daughter (photo, in the 2016 court case)
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Miché & # 39; s biological mother Celeste Nurse had never stopped hoping that one day she would find her daughter (photo, in the 2016 court case)

Miché & # 39; s biological mother Celeste Nurse had never stopped hoping that one day she would find her daughter (photo, in the 2016 court case)

In court, Lavona provided far-fetched evidence of how she was handed Zephany by a mysterious woman at a busy train station in Cape Town.

It was dismissed by Judge John Hope as & # 39; a fairy tale & # 39; that & # 39; must be treated with the contempt it deserves & # 39 ;.

She denied having dressed as a nurse to go to the maternity ward at Groote Schurr Hospital, where Zephany was thrown away in April 1997, despite being identified by eyewitnesses after her arrest.

In 2016, Lavona Solomon was sentenced to 10 years in prison for abduction, fraud and violation of the Children & # 39; s Act.

Celeste nurse

Celeste nurse

Celeste nurse

Miché said she was crushed by what happened and compared the experience with & # 39; a death & # 39 ;.

She said: & # 39; I felt that death was happening to me & # 39 ;, says Miché. & # 39; I was like: & # 39; How do I deal with it? How do I go through life without the mother I had every day in my life? & # 39; & # 39;

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Miché was destroyed by the imprisonment of her mother and said that she had trouble forming a relationship with her biological family.

She also admitted that she even hated them & # 39; because she had taken her mother.

Desperate for answers, Miché went to visit her mother in prison, but she simply told her that she would tell her the truth one day & # 39; would tell.

She still visits Lavona at Worcester Prison, about 10 km from where she lives, and says she wishes time would & # 39; hurry up & # 39; while she waits for her mother to come home.

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