Boy’s botched circumcision: health dept must pay R2.2m

2013-06-23 06:00

The money cannot change what had happened to her son.

This was the reaction of the mother of a 9-year-old boy who had suffered a botched circumcision at the Vryheid Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal after the provincial health department was ordered to pay R2.2 million to the family this week. The mother, who is not named to protect the identity of the child, sued the department after her son’s circumcision went wrong in October 2009. “I’m happy that it’s over because it was a very stressful time in our lives,” she said. Sonette Böning, of Cox and Partners Attorneys, represented the family and said the summons was issued four years ago but “the liability was accepted three months ago”.

On Tuesday, Judge Achmat Jappie of the Pietermaritzburg High Court ordered that the department pay the family R2.2 million within 14 days.

The mother said her son was finding it hard to deal with the incident and had “anger issues”.

“He now has a fear of hospitals” and suffers from drastic mood swings, she added.

The KwaZulu-Natal health department was not aware of the judgment when approached for comment.

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