Hospital sued after long wait causes handicapped baby

2015-12-18 09:33

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Pietermaritzburg - A R20 million damages claim is the latest in a recent series of law suits filed in the Pietermaritzburg high court by alleged victims of negligence at the hands of medical staff at various state hospitals.

The latest claim, by Philile Seme of Umlazi, has been lodged on behalf of her daughter, Ayanda Hlongwane who was born on April 10, 2010 at Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital in eThekwini.

The baby was born mentally and physically handicapped as a result of an allegedly unnecessarily prolonged labour, and failure by medical staff to timeously perform a caesarean section.

The case came before Judge Pete Koen briefly yesterday and was adjourned.

According to the court file the matter has been referred for trial on February 22 and 23 next year.

The papers allege that Seme arrived at the hospital at 5 pm on April 9, 2010, having experienced labour pains from 3 pm that day.

She was made to “sit and wait” despite strong contraction pains and after four hours was told to “find a bed” in a ward.

She was unable to do so and was only allocated a bed at 2 am the next morning. She was told at that stage the baby was “tired” and that she needed a c-section.

At 6 am staff recorded that the baby was “distressed”.

Despite this Ayanda was only delivered via c-section at 9.37 am that day.

It is alleged that staff were negligent by failing to intervene meaningfully or timeously to ensure that a c-section was performed and in their subsequent treatment of baby Ayanda.

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