Kids find mom naked in body bag

2012-08-01 08:46
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Durban - An investigation has been launched into the treatment of a Durban woman at Addington Hospital after the family complained that hours after they had last seen her; they found her dead and naked in a body bag.

The Daily News stated that Valerie Nortje, 67, was admitted to hospital after falling ill.

Nortje’s daughter Haley van Niekerk had numerous complaints about the way her mother was treated on the night she was admitted and during which she died.

She mentioned that her mom was left on a stretcher for hours, that she couldn’t get a CT scan because the scanner was out of order and that they had to wait hours for test results.

Nortje died during the night and after the family was informed, they rushed to the hospital to find another patient already in her bed and their mother lying naked in a white body bag in a room down the passage.

Van Niekerk said a doctor told her that it was hospital policy that “patients this age, with odds stacked against them, be left to die with dignity. So, they put her on oxygen, shut the door and left her to die,” said Van Niekerk.

Nortje died of renal failure.

The head of health in KwaZulu-Natal Dr Sibongile Zungu said a probe was under way but also said hospital staff denied that Nortje was “left to die”.

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