Baby dies after doc refuses treatment

2012-05-09 09:04
Johannesburg - A Pretoria family is furious after a baby had seizures and later died after being turned away by a doctor who refused to treat her.

Kai Nkasana was only two weeks old when she was rushed to the Tshwane District Hospital by her parents, reported the Pretoria News. She had earlier been discharged from the hospital after treatment for diarrhoea, but her condition had since worsened.

The baby was sick, crying and dehydrated, but the attending doctor told the parents that crying babies were to be comforted at home.

After being turned away by the doctor, the baby had seizures. She was rushed to Steve Biko Academic Hospital, where she died four days later.

The family laid a complaint with the hospital after the baby’s death and were apparently told that the doctor was not at fault.

The baby’s grandmother, Maureen Nkasana said, “We plan to take this much further. We want the minister to hear about the neglect that was not acknowledged,” she said.

The hospital’s clinical manager, Mpho Motsoane said the doctor’s attitude was not correct and that she would be facing disciplinary charges and that an investigation was still under way. 
 
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