R2,2 mln for botched op

2013-06-20 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Health Department will pay R2,2 million in damages in respect of a botched circumcision performed at Vryheid Provincial Hospital on a five-year-old boy in 2009.

The health authorities accepted liability in March this year, after the child’s mother sued the MEC for health in KZN and alleged the doctor who performed the surgery, a Dr Cabellero, was negligent and applied incorrect practices and procedures during the operation.

According to court papers, the operation was necessary for medical reasons.

Afterwards, the boy suffered severe pain, burning and infection and his penis turned black and became necrotic.

As a result of the complications, he will require further medical treatment and operations in the future for the reconstruction of his penis.

He was also said to be depressed and to have suffered physical, psychological and emotional trauma.

The department yesterday agreed to pay damages of R2,2 million into the mother’s lawyers’ trust account within 14 days.

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