Shock at mysterious death of patient

By Drum Digital
26 January 2016

By Nomzamo Ngcobo

Gauteng Health awaits post-mortem following patient’s death

The Gauteng Department of Health is waiting for post-mortem results following a mysterious death of a patient who died at the Helen Joseph Hospital in Auckland Park, Johannesburg.

The 35-year-old woman was found dead in a bath tub with hot water on Sunday.  Her body had severe burns on the face, part of the left thigh and leg. She was admitted to the hospital on Friday with a three-month-old baby. The patient was diagnosed with heart and renal failure, according to the hospital’s records.

15 minutes after she was seen by the nursing staff, another patient found her in the tub and alerted nurses who then pulled her out of the tub and rushed her to the hospital bed, but doctor’s attempts to bring her to life were unsuccessful.

Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu said, “Our prayers are with the family of the bereaved during this time of grief. The investigation will help us ascertain what led to the incident.”

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