Dad to sue health MEC for R15.6m

2011-05-05 14:48

Johannesburg - The father of a baby, who allegedly sustained brain damage due to a state hospital's negligence, has been permitted to go ahead with a R15.6m damages claim against the Gauteng health MEC, the Citizen reported on Thursday.

Lodewyk Christoffel Smith would be allowed to pursue the claim even though it was not initiated within six months of the incident, Judge Bert Bam ruled.

Smith's wife, Susanna, was 30 weeks pregnant when she went to the Pretoria West Hospital in April 2004. The private hospital sent her home, advising her to have a hot bath and a Panado.

She went to the Kalafong Hospital later when her pain and nausea increased. The hospital delivered her baby, Tommie, later that day.

Smith's claim rests on the allegation that both hospitals were negligent in their treatment of his wife and son.

Allegedly the Kalafong Hospital used a suction apparatus to speed up the birth, which could have caused intra-cranial haemorrhaging.

He claims that the staff failed to note Tommie's condition and took him off oxygen too soon.

The R15.6m claim was mainly for his son's future medical needs, loss of earning ability and a curator to look after Tommie's financial needs.

The health MEC denied negligence despite admitting that suction apparatus was used during the birth.

  • AddlePated - 2011-05-05 15:04

    Mr Smith, you should've sued these retards for more, they destroyed your son's chance of a normal life.

      AloninSA - 2011-05-05 15:48

      As well as his own chance of living a normal life!

      Thangy - 2011-05-05 15:57

      The ANC destroy another infants life!!

  • FpeT - 2011-05-05 15:33

    'Suction Apparatuses' are used daily in hospitals world wide. They have their pro's and con's.

      DeonL - 2011-05-05 16:17

      I agree, some babies babies are not mature enough at 30 weeks.

      aconteh74 - 2011-05-05 21:56

      A caeser would have been ideal but the hospital may not have had enough trained doctors like most hospitals in South Africa. This is the reality of healthcare in this country

  • PMG - 2011-05-05 15:39

    Can someone please kick the ANC and their stupid cadre deployment scheme into touch - they are on a crusade to destroy our country.We the 5 million taxpayers will have to pay for this gross act of incompitance,not the government.

  • Boerseun - 2011-05-05 15:58

    It sounds good and all, but in the enhd will just rob tax payers. It is time that people are charged under common law on a personal level.

  • DW - 2011-05-05 16:42

    I am sure I have read of these types of claims which have been won in court before, and the state just ignores them and doesnt make the payout. Good luck to them. I hope they get what they need to make this little boy's life a little easier, but I am afraid I dont hold out much hope for it.

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