‘My baby was dead inside me’

2019-06-19 06:02

AFTER experiencing severe stomach pains for almost 10 days, a Northdale woman was forced to go to Northdale Hospital where she was told that the cause of her stomach pains was the dead baby she was carrying.

The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, said that when she was 32 weeks pregnant she visited the clinic at Northdale Hospital where she complained that the baby was kicking and moving around, leading her to believe that she needed to give birth. She was allegedly told by a sister at the clinic not to worry and come back in two weeks time.

“After that I left but I continued to experience stomach pains until finally, on May 18, I went to the hospital where I was told that my baby girl was dead.”

The woman said that she was left to deliver the baby by herself for the most part and that, once she had given birth, she was made to lie on the same blood-stained bed. The next day she said she had to make funeral arrangements for her child and that things had not been the same in her household since this terrible experience.

“I do not even know for how long my baby was dead inside me.

“I went back to the hospital on May 28 for a clean-up,” said the woman, who plans on taking legal action against the hospital.

Spokesperson for the Department, Ms Ncumisa Mafunda said: “Although the Department is prohibited from divulging confidential clinical information; it can, however, confirm that the allegations are contrary to how the patient was managed, according to records made available by hospital management.

“We wish to discourage media from attempts to simplify and discuss in the public space confidential and complex clinical patient(s) information which is protected by law. The department would like to appeal to aggrieved members of the public to exercise their right to seek clarity from healthcare professionals,” added Mafunda.


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