Blind boy: hospitals negligent

2013-10-15 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL’S health authorities have admitted they are liable to pay damages to the mother of a Chatsworth boy whose blindness has been attributed to negligence of hospital staff who cared for him after his premature birth in 2004.

The boy’s mother, Kogielambal Govender, originally sued the KZN MEC for Health for R11,5 million but the actual amount she is entitled to will only be determined when the case returns to court in September next year.

The boy, Lorenzo Appadoo, was born at 30 weeks on March 16, 2004, court papers say.

He was admitted the same day to R.K. Khan hospital weighing 1 400 grams and was placed in the neo-natal intensive care unit.

He was transferred to Inkosi Albert Luthuli hospital for treatment on March 19, and returned again to R.K. Khan on March 22, where he remained until he was discharged.

According to court papers, nursing staff who cared for the child at the two hospitals were negligent and their failure to monitor and control the levels of oxygen in his blood, which caused a condition that resulted in his becoming blind in both eyes.

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