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‘I had a strong instinct Magdeline was alive’

The brother of freed nurse Magdeline Makola said yesterday he never once doubted that she would be found alive as the pair had an emotional reunion.

Refilwe Makola’s sister laughed in delight and hugged him when he arrived to see her in a Scottish hospital where she is recovering after being found in the boot of her car.

He … described the agonising wait for news which he and their tight-knit Christian family endured in South Africa after Ms Makola, 38, disappeared from her Livingston home for almost two weeks over Christmas.

Work was a key part of her life, he added, saying that most people only knew her through her job at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary (ERI) or the baptist church which she attended in Livingston.

The family have drawn strength from the support of the congregation there and churchgoers in South Africa, who had been praying for her safe return.

He said: “We are a Christian family and we always prayed together. Churches were coming to our house and giving us help and support, praying and telling us don’t worry, Magdeline will be found. That kept us going.”

Full story at The Herald.

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