‘Baby died in bungled Northdale operation’

2009-06-24 00:00

ALLEGED negligence by doctors at the Northdale Hospital has left a one-month-old babydead.

Enhle Majola, who was buried on Sunday, died in Grey’s Hospital after her condition deteriorated and the staff at Northdale Hospital were no longer able to care for her.

Explaining what had happened, the baby’s uncle, Sbonelo Duma, said that during the mother’s pregnancy the baby was declared healthy by doctors.

He said that when the mother went to give birth at the hospital, she underwent a Caesarean section and the doctors accidentally cut the baby too.

Realising their mistake, he added, they stitched the baby’s wound. However, they allegedly sewed the intestines to her stomach wall and the baby’s health deteriorated.

When her condition became serious, said Duma, she was transferred to Grey’s Hospital, where the doctors realised that her intestines were sewed to the stomach wall. They operated on her, but she died on Saturday.

According to Duma, the mother and father of the baby were not told about the severity of their baby’s condition.

He said the doctors “performed numerous operations on the baby without telling us. They first told us that they had to operate … because she had no stomach, when in fact they had cut it.”

Duma said that when he asked the management of the hospital why they never consulted the family about the baby’s condition, they failed to give him a straight answer.

“When I asked them if they told the baby’s mother about the condition, they said she was drowsy at the time, and when I asked them why they never informed the father about baby’s health crisis, they did not have any answers.”

He said that even after the baby’s death, staff members had behaved badly.

“The day the baby died, the nurses in Grey’s told the mother to leave and come back the next day to get the baby, so in effect they were kicking her out.”

Chris Maxon, spokesman for the department of Health, said he could not comment because the matter is under litigation.

“We advised the relative that we would start a process of redress, but they indicated that they wanted to take the matter up with their lawyers,” said Maxon.

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