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Zephany Nurse: Thank you for your support and prayers

The Centre for Child Law's Ann Skelton read out a statement on her behalf on Tuesday afternoon.

Celeste Nurse was recently reunited with her daughter, who was kidnapped from Groote Schuur Hospital after 17 years. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The teenage girl who was reunited with her family 17 years after being kidnapped from a hospital in Cape Town on Tuesday thanked the public for all support and prayers.

The Centre for Child Law's Ann Skelton read out a statement on the teenager's behalf.

"I want to say thank you to all the people who supported me through this, for continuously praying and never giving up on looking for me. Under the circumstances I am doing fine."

Zephany Nurse was taken from her mother's bedside three days after she was born at the Groote Schuur Hospital.

Her biological parents and the Hawks recently tracked her down and she is currently being kept in protective care.

The alleged kidnapper appeared in court last week and the matter has been postponed until Friday.

Meanwhile, the Western Cape Social Development Department confirmed that short planned visits have taken place between Nurse and her biological family.

The grade 12 learner was reunited with her biological parents, Celeste and Morne, for the first time last week.

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