‘Hospital removed my womanhood’

2015-11-24 06:00
The Pinetown woman shows her swollen belly after the surgery. Photo: nosipho mkhize

The Pinetown woman shows her swollen belly after the surgery. Photo: nosipho mkhize

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AS she walks around her neighbourhood she hears people talking about her huge stomach.

Some of them even ask her when her “due date” is, and she responds: “I am not pregnant.”

A Pinetown woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, spoke to the Fever about how a local hospital robbed her off her “womanhood”.

“It began in 2012 when I experienced unbearable pain in my lower abdomen, so I went to a doctor who transferred me to hospital. There they did a scan and found that I had fibroids on my womb.

“Everything was quick. They told me I have to have an operation to remove the fibroids, so I signed documents giving them permission to remove the fibroids.”

After the operation she asked if she could see what they found, but the nurses told her entire womb had been removed.

“I was so angry because I did not sign documents that gave permission for my womb to be removed.

“This means I will not be able to have children and my womanhood had been taken away from me.

“Two weeks after the operation it felt as though something was moving inside my belly and I began to worry. I started getting pain in my lower back. When I went back to the hospital they gave me pain tablets without examining me.

“However, ever since then my belly has not stopped growing.”

She said it is embarrassing when people ask her when she is due to give birth.

“This whole situation has made me very depressed. I have to choose my outfits carefully so that my stomach doesn’t show and it is starting to get very heavy. I don’t have children, but any dream I had of having some has been destroyed by the hospital. I will not rest until I get answers and want the hospital to rectify this problem. I am not going to live with a big belly for the rest of my life.”

Health 24 states that fibroids are tumours, or growths, made up of muscle and other tissues that grow in the uterus.

They may develop in the uterine wall, inside the lining of the uterus, or outside the uterus. They occur in 20% to 25% of women of child-bearing age, and up to 80% of women will suffer from fibroids at some point in their life.

The KwaZulu-Natal Health Department spokesperson Samuel Mkhwanazi said the case is under investigation.

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