Hospital turns away woman in labour

2012-05-17 09:32
Cape Town - A Khayelitsha hospital turned away a woman who was in labour, causing the woman to have her baby boy only a few metres from the hospital entrance, the Cape Argus reports.

Noluvuyo Kobocwana, 29, gave birth to baby Sibusise outside the new Michael Mapongwana Hospital, which had refused to admit her because she was registered as a patient of nearby Tygerberg Hospital, where she had gone for her pre-natal checkups.

Kobocwana said she had a neighbour take her and her mother to Michael Mapongwana Hospital as soon as she felt the contractions on Monday night, as she thought this hospital was closer.

"They said they can't help me because I'm a Tygerberg patient," she said.

Her mother Nokhawuntana Kobocwana said it was too late. “Before I knew it, the baby came out and fell on to the cement."

Mother and baby were then admitted to the hospital.

Noluvuyo said she named the baby Sibusise "because it’s a blessing how he came into the world".

There was no comment from the health department.
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