R7,5?mln in damages for visually impaired boy

2014-10-07 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Health Department has agreed to pay R7,5 million in damages in respect of a boy who is blind due to the negligence of provincial hospital staff following his premature birth.

The province accepted liability late last year.

The claim was lodged by former Kokstad resident Ayesha Naidoo, whose son Muhammad Umar Khan is blind due the failure of staff at Port Shepstone and Inkosi Albert Luthuli hospitals to adequately monitor him after his birth on September 18, 2006, for a condition known as Retinopathy of Prematurity.

The case returned to the Pietermaritzburg High Court yesterday and the amount to be paid was made an order of court. The money is to be paid into a trust and will be used to support Khan throughout his life.

According to experts, the boy cannot differentiate between night and day due to the severity of his condition.

— Witness Reporter.

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