KZN Health Dept must pay for severely handicapped boy

2015-11-03 10:03

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Pietermaritzburg - The KZN Health Department is to pay the mother of a mentally and physically handicapped boy R207 795,07 for past medical expenses and a caregiver, pending the final outcome of a damages claim.

The order was granted yesterday by Judge Thoba Poyo-Dlwati.

The woman’s attorney, Michael Friedman, said in court papers the department had admitted 100% liability on November 5 last year for the claim by Sibongile Teressa Mabhida (on behalf of her son, Sibusiso).

She has sued the authorities for a total of R16 605 734 but the amount that will eventually be paid out, will be determined in future proceedings.

According to the papers Mabhida, who is from Odidini in KZN, was admitted to Prince Mshiyeni Hospital at 3.30 pm on March 27, 2005 to give birth. The baby was born at 9.20 pm.

The claim was based on the fact that hospital staff were negligent in a number of respects, including their failure to record and adequately observe the condition of the mother and foetus during her labour. Following an “unnecessarily prolonged labour” Sibusiso was born severely mentally and physically handicapped.

According to the papers he will be completely dependent on other people for life, will require neuro-developmental therapy, physiotherapy, and occupational therapy, as well as speech therapy.

He also requires specialised medical equipment and appliances and special adaptations to his accommodation and will eventually require placement in a specialised institution.

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