Hossie blamed after mum dies

2017-08-17 06:05
Bukelwa George not happy about the service at Mitchells Plain Hospital.PHOTO: Mbongiseni maseko

Bukelwa George not happy about the service at Mitchells Plain Hospital.PHOTO: Mbongiseni maseko

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The family of a Philippi woman who died a few days after she was discharged from hospital are alleging negligence on the side of staff.

Bukelwa George claims the Mitchells Plain Hospital had discharged her mother before she could recuperate.

Thabisa Mhlekani,56, first spent about a month at Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH) after she underwent surgery for a boil on her butt crack in June.

According George, her mother was then transferred to Mitchells Plain Hospital where she was discharged on 04 July.

Four days later she was dead.

George said they were surprised to find that her late mother was then defecating through a hole in her stomach after they visited her at the hospital.

“We were shocked, because we were never informed about that operation as a family.

The hospital then called my younger sister and told her that they were going to discharge her. They told her how we must take care of her at home. She was really in bad condition to be discharged. That was so negligence of them.

We are not nurses and yet they expected us to take care of someone who was very sick. We believe that she would not have died, had they not discharge her.

They did not even see the need to inform us about the operation on her stomach,” George said.

Monique Johnstone, principal communications officer in the Western and Southern Sub-structures for the provincial Department of Health, extended her heartfelt condolences to the family of the late Mhlekani.

Johnstone said Mhlekani underwent surgery at GSH for perianal necrotising fasciitis, which is the inflammation in the soft tissue in the perinatal and genital area.

She was then admitted to Mitchells Plain Hospital to allow for the healing of the operated area.

“A colostomy was performed at Mitchells Plain Hospital, as the patient could not defecate normally after her operation at GSH. The patient presented to the hospital with various health related complications which was not being managed appropriately prior to being admitted to the hospital.

According to the hospital, the deceased’s daughter was trained by a stoma therapy nurse to manage her mother’s ailment at home, hence the reason for discharging the patient.

The hospital also requested to have a home based carer attend to the patient at home and assist the family in taking care of their mother,” Johnstone said.

She also said the family is more than welcome to request a meeting with the management team of the hospital to resolve the matter and that they must ask for Mariska, the patient liaison officer.

Mhlekani was buried in July in the district of Xhora in the Eastern Cape.

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