A litany of horror

2013-09-01 06:00

The more than 300 individual medical negligence claims filed against Gauteng hospitals include some bewildering cases.

The description from records obtained in our access to information request include:

» A claim for alleged negligence by Far East Rand hospital staff in 2012 who allowed a baby to fall on the floor after birth, sustaining serious head injuries;

» A patient claimed that in 2009 at Mamelodi Hospital they were wrongly diagnosed with TB and given TB treatment – which caused liver failure;

» A R3.7 million settlement was agreed after a child’s left “limb” was amputated after a drip was inserted and the wound became gangrenous at Germiston Hospital in 2007;

» A patient in the Folateng (private) wing of Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital in Joburg, claimed to be negligently given a transfusion of contaminated blood from which they contracted hepatitis A, B and C in 2009;

» At Pholosong Hospital in 2006, a patient went missing and was later found dead in the mortuary with head injuries;

» A letter of demand was sent after a patient was admitted with a headache and a lumbar puncture was performed during which the patient was paralysed at Krugersdorp’s Dr Yusuf Dadoo Hospital in 2009;

» A newborn baby was alleged bathed in boiling water which caused severe burns at Sharpeville Medical Clinic in 2009;

» A patient died after being admitted to Medunsa Oral Health Centre in 2009 for “removal of dentures”;

» A baby suffering from malnutrition disease kwashiorkor was allegedly dropped to the floor during weighing at Charlotte Maxeke and sustained a fracture to the left femur which was not diagnosed nor treated for six days, and;

» Negligence was alleged in the care of a violent psychiatric patient at Dr George Mukhari Hospital who drowned in a hospital bath last year.

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