Sick baby on oxygen machine dies during power outage

2013-05-29 11:56

A one-year-old boy from Kimberley who was dependent on an electrically powered oxygen machine died during a municipal power outage.

Kutluano Kok was born with a chronic lung ailment, and according to his mother, Sylvia Kok, they were given an oxygen machine at the hospital after his birth, Beeld reported today.

She said they had battled with unpredictable, frequent municipal power outages since 2012.

“Every time the power went off, I would call the municipality straight away, sometimes up to three times, and they would often ignore me after the third call.”

She said she had often called an ambulance to assist, but on Monday afternoon the ambulance had not arrived soon enough.

“Kutluano lost consciousness. We managed to revive him by giving him oxygen with a hand pump, but he then lost consciousness a second time, and we couldn’t save him.”

Sylvia said she blamed the municipality for her child’s death.

Municipal spokesperson Selle Matsie said the municipality was “not aware of the child’s condition. We also cannot start playing the blame game”.

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