Family blames hosie for death

2016-10-20 06:00
 Family members Khanya Sobethwa, Lizeka Sobethwa, Zolani Mabuya and Lungile Sidumo left with more questions than answers after their member died at Khayelitsha District Hospital Chairs. PHOTO:s Lulekwa Mbadamane

Family members Khanya Sobethwa, Lizeka Sobethwa, Zolani Mabuya and Lungile Sidumo left with more questions than answers after their member died at Khayelitsha District Hospital Chairs. PHOTO:s Lulekwa Mbadamane

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A Mfuleni family is still reeling at the loss of a member, after allegedly she was allegedly ‘left to die’ in the waiting room of the new Khayelitsha District Hospital.

Aphelele Sobethwa,26, passed away on Sunday morning after being admitted at the hospital midnight on Saturday.

Khanya Sobethwa said her sister had complained of chest pains and was struggling to breathe.

“She fell ill on Saturday night and we rushed her to the Khayelitsha Day Hospital in Site B where she was well attended.

We informed them that she had had heart problems in the past and they told us that she needed to be scanned, so they transferred her to the new hospital.”

On arrival at the KDH Sobethwa was treated accordingly and a scan was conducted to see what the problem was, the family told City Vision.

“After the scan we were told by the hospital staff that since we were from Mfuleni Aphelele needed to be treated at a hospital near where she lived. So we were told to sit in the waiting room, while an ambulance was being organised for her, to transfer her in the morning,” she said.

This was around 20:00h, and Sobethwa kept on turning and tossing on the hospital chair in pain, Khanya recalled.

“We begged for her to be put on to a bed as it made it better, but the nurses told us that there was a shortage of beds and that many patients were treated from the chair.

She laid on the floor, writhing in pain, vomiting and even asked to be put on the drip. Her cries fell on deaf ears,” Khanya said.

The family said they felt as if the staff at the hospital showed little care for their sibling and they were heartbroken at the way she died.

“We even asked for them to release her but they told us to sign a release form so that if anything happens to her, it would be our fault.

We were scared so we didn’t take her but she did not deserve to die in a hospital chair,” she said.

Western Cape Government Health spokesperson Sithembiso Magubane confirmed Sobethwa’s death and sent condolences to her family.

“ The Department can confirm that Aphelele Sobethwa was admitted to the Khayelitsha hospital on 2 October 2016 at 10h20am for the required medical care.

Ms Sobethwa was treated for heart related conditions,” said Magubane.

He couldn’t confirm whether there was a shortage of beds at the hospital, only saying that Sobethwa’s condition instead worsened.

“During the course of her stay at the hospital, she deteriorated and went into cardiac arrest.

Resuscitation was attempted for 30 minutes, which proved unsuccessful and she passed away at 02:30 on 3 October 2016.

Khayelitsha District Hospital has 300 beds. The hospital also has a future ward that is currently under construction. This project will be completed in February 2017, and it will add 30 more beds to the hospital,” he said.

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