Teen medicated, dies

2015-07-22 06:01

THE Bothaville police are searching for three unknown health workers X two women and a man X in connection with the death of teenager Fana Mothibedi.

The three suspects allegedly gave the deceased two doses of medication believed to have caused complications and resulted in the death of the teenager.

Const. Kethabile Mofokeng, spokesperson of the Welkom police, said the fake health workers were still on the run and appealed for the public’s help in order to bring the three suspects to book.

She said the three suspects were found to be fake after an enquiry at a local health clinic following the death of the 14-year-old Mothibedi.

“It was discovered that there were no such people known by the management of the local clinic,” she said.

Mofokeng said the suspects had apparently visited the ill teenager at his home on 10 July and introduced themselves to the grandfather of the deceased teenager as home-based care health workers of a local clinic.

She said the suspects had been wearing black and white clothes and had a blood pressure monitor in their possession.

She said the fake health workers had asked to measure the teen’s blood pressure.

Reporting back to the grandfather, they said the blood pressure was not normal.

“The grandfather was told his grandson’s pressure was not good, so the deceased was given medication to drink and was told that it would correct his blood pressure.”

Mothibedi was given medication to drink at about 17:10. A second dosage was given at 18:40, Mofokeng said.

She said at around 19:00 the deceased had complained to his grandfather that he was not feeling well.

He then started to vomit.

She said that, in an effort to rescue the teenager, he had been rushed to the Bothaville Hospital.

These efforts, however, proved to be unsuccessful.

“The family hired a car to take him to hospital, but he died at a hospital in Bothaville.

“Members of the community are warned to be careful not to take any medication from strangers.

“Residents must demand an identification card from anybody who approaches them and claims to be coming from the Department of Health,” said Mofokeng, adding that an inquest was under investigation

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