Patient ‘lost’ by medics

2015-09-17 06:00

Tambo Village woman Ntombekhaya Manyamalala has been missing since August after she was last seen when an ambulance was taking her to hospital.

Tambo Village woman Ntombekhaya Manyamalala has been missing since August after she was last seen when an ambulance was taking her to hospital.

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A Tambo Village family has been left with unanswered questions after the disappearance of their sister after she was taken by an ambulance last month.

On Thursday 27 August, a frail Ntombekhaya Manyamalala (41) had been sick the whole day waiting for the ambulance that was called at 10:00 but only arrived around 20:20.

According to her sister Phuthuma Mntunjani they were relieved that she finally received medical attention and that things were only going to get better.

But they were painfully wrong as she found that the following morning that even though her sister was taken by the ambulance she was never admitted at the Hanover Park Community Health Centre (Day Hospital) as they expected or any hospital.

“When I arrived at the hospital at around 9:00 on Friday morning to check up on her I could not believe what I was told.

They told me that no one by her name was admitted at the hospital. I thought maybe her name was misspelled or she admitted as an unknown,” said the distraught sister.

She said all her attempts were fruitless as she visited Mitchell’s Plain and Groote Schuur hospitals but no luck.

“I even went to the morgue but I still couldn’t find her. I was assisted by a hospital worker who connected me to the ambulance department where I was told that the two paramedics were not on duty that day.

The lady that answered the phone told me that they confirmed that they left my sister at the Hanover Park CHC but the hospital continues to disputes this,” she told City Vision.

She said that this was a horrible time for the family as they were worried about the mother of two’s ill health might deteriorate.

“We have absolutely no idea where she might be and it’s really hard on me as I’m unemployed and have to spend money travelling around looking for her.

She was too ill to walk I really don’t know where she would go to,” she said.

Robert Daniels, spokesperson for the provincial medical emergency and forensic pathology services, said that according to their records Manyamalala was admitted at the Hanover Park CHC.

Various attempts by City Vision to solicit a comment from the provincial health department failed as the department could not respond at the time of going to print

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