Medical negilgence: KZN Health owns up yet again

2015-12-03 12:14
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Pietermaritzburg - KZN Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo has agreed the department is liable for yet another claim that could cost millions of rands.

Lawyers acting for the MEC yesterday reached a settlement with Noluthando Nxele, the mother of a boy suffering from cerebral palsy, in terms of which the department agreed to pay 100% of all proven damages.

The amount payable will be decided at a future hearing.

In her initial application Nxele, who lives in the Eastern Cape, had claimed R11 800 000 in damages.

This is because staff at Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital were negligent when her son Ayanda, was born on April 20, 2007. He has since been diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

He is severely mentally and physically handicapped, can’t sit, walk or turn over independently, is unable to talk, can only eat soft food, and will be dependent on others for the rest of his life.

He will require specialised equipment and accommodation and ongoing treatment and care.

According to the court papers, Nxele first went to the clinic on April 19 complaining of pain, and was diagnosed to be in early labour. Despite this she was sent home.

The next day she returned to hospital, still in pain. She was initially made to sit on a bench waiting for someone to attend to her for two hours. Thereafter in the labour ward she again had to sit on a bench as no beds were available.

The baby was born naturally 26 hours after she had first arrived at the clinic.

Her prolonged labour, which resulted in neurological damage to Ayanda, as well as negligence following his birth, were said to be responsible for his condition.

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