Task team to investigate amputation

2009-12-01 12:37

THE Gauteng health department has set up a committee to investigate

the circumstances surrounding the amputation of a toddler’s legs, MEC Qedani

Mahlangu’s spokesperson said today.

Mandla Sidu said Mahlangu appointed a six-member team after a

meeting yesterday to discuss the amputation of two-year-old Thembisa Kometsi’s

legs after she was admitted for treatment for burn injuries on her hands.

Sidu said management and staff who worked on the case said the girl

had also developed gangrene in her legs, necessitating the amputation.

“They said everything was done according to the books. She received

proper assistance.”

However, the team would review the circumstances and make a final

decision within seven days.

They would also investigate why a father had to search through a

mortuary to find his baby who had died during birth.

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