News shocks father of deceased twins

2011-03-13 13:02

A year ago, Mbuso Ngobese’s double celebration of the birth of his twins was shattered when the infants died in the fatal norovirus outbreak that swept through the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital.

This week he reacted with shock when told that some of the same hygiene failings identified by the investigation into the death of his children were still present at the hospital.

“That is shocking, because if they were talking about hygiene, then why have things not changed?” he asked. “It means that what happened to us could still happen to other parents.”

He recalled his own heartbreak at hearing the news of his twins’ death.

“When the first baby died, the doctor told me that the second twin was fine and there was nothing wrong with him; but the following day I was told that the second twin had also died, which left me and my wife even more shocked and traumatised,” Ngobese said.

He said he was never given sufficient explanation as to what caused the death of his children.

“Today I would be holding my twins, but the hospital failed us and we have never heard anything from them or received an apology,” Ngobese said.

Ngobese and his wife are part of a group of parents who are suing the national health department.

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