Downs baby: mum sues eThekwini successfully

2011-03-08 00:00

A DURBAN woman has reportedly won a lawsuit against eThekwini Municipality and Premier Zweli Mkhize after the Durban High Court ruled that medical staff at Addington Hospital were negligent in not informing her that her baby had Downs syndrome before her birth in 2002.

Newspaper reports said Jayanthi Sonny was reportedly lulled into a false sense of security by staff members at a local clinic and at the hospital. She initially demanded R6,6 million, which she said is the estimated cost of looking after her daughter for the next 55 years. The amount of the payout was not disclosed

Judge Mohammed Navsa said state patients are entitled to be treated the same as those who can afford private healthcare. — WR.

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