Celeste Nurse says she is heartbroken over the book her stolen daughter Zephany Nurse, aka Miché Solomon, has written.
Celeste, 39, tells the Daily Voice: “I’m extremely distraught and the hurt is unbearable. Staying on my knees, this too shall pass.
“I serve a miracle-working God and He knows my heartache. Thank you very much for your prayers and God bless.”
The mother of four also took to Facebook on Friday, posting a broken heart emoji, with the words: “I’ve lost more sleep, cried more tears, sacrificed more than you’ll ever know, because of you. Yes actually, I do know I’m not perfect. When you’re upset, it breaks my heart, I wish I could cry all your tears for you. I’ve never for a single moment been anything less than deeply thankful for the gift of you.”
Among others, Miché writes in her book, titled Zephany, Two Mothers, One Daughter, that the relationship between her and the Nurses have broken down, that she found Celeste to be childish and unreliable and that Morné was “a lost cause” and only out to make money from their heartbreaking story.
Miché said the reasons for this breakdown were “brutal”, citing a scandal during her matric ball, and the Nurses wanting to write a book with her, among others.
Miché told eNCA she just wanted to run home to her “mommy," Lavona Solomon, the woman who kidnapped her, when her real identity was revealed in 2015.
“What if I didn’t need saving?” she said. “I was perfectly fine.”
Her biological dad Morné, 42, last week told the Daily Voice he would comment after reading the book, but has not been answering his phone.
In a radio interview with KFM on Friday morning, Miché said her father was so angry about the book that he slammed the phone down in her ear.
“He is actually very upset with me because of certain extracts that were taken out that makes it look so ugly, I actually called him this morning (Friday) to clarify that, I knew it would hurt the relationship we have and he put the phone off while I was still speaking, but it’s OK, I understand,” she said.
Miché, 22, who has two children by two different men, said she wanted the book to be published because she was “tired of hiding”.
Author Joanne Jowell said she tried to speak to the Nurses, as well as Miché’s younger sister, Cassidy Nurse, who was the catalyst in finding her, but they refused.
“Unfortunately, it was incredibly difficult to get through to the Nurses,” Joanne said.
“They declined to be involved with the book...we tried hard, but when I realised it was an outright ‘no’, I came to appreciate the fact that this was and is Miché’s story; wholly, completely and entirely.”
Zephany was stolen from Groote Schuur Hospital on 30 April 1997, three days after she was born and while she was lying by the then 17-year-old Celeste’s side.
Lavona, 53, was convicted to 10 years behind bars.
Lavona claimed she had bought the baby from a woman at Wynberg Train Station for R800.
It also appears she was keeping tabs on the Nurses, who stayed a mere 5km away from her Seawinds home.
When she was caught out, Lavona told a social worker: “Please, my child can’t sleep at that people’s house. Please make sure my child is OK.”