R1,2?mln in damages for Newcastle nurse’s injured son

2013-10-22 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Health Department has agreed to pay a Newcastle nurse R1 240 000 in damages in connection with the birth of her son, who suffers from a partial disability due to an injury he sustained as a result of medical negligence.

Lindiwe Zwane gave birth to her son Cebolenkosi Nkosi — now six years old — at Newcastle Provincial Hospital on January 23, 2007.

She subsequently sued the authorities on the grounds that the doctor and nursing staff attending the birth failed to ensure that he was delivered without complications, and failed to ensure that the baby’s shoulders were released from the birth passage prior to delivery.

As a result, Cebolenkosi cannot use his left arm.

The department admitted it was liable to pay damages and reached an agreement with Zwane and her legal team yesterday on the amount due.

The money has to be paid by November 18.

Zwane’s attorney, Sergie Brimiah, welcomed the settlement, but said that no amount of money could compensate for the child’s disability.

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