Nightmare of

2019-11-27 06:02
Bawinile Malevu's stomach after three operations.PHOTO: lethiwe makhanya

Bawinile Malevu's stomach after three operations.PHOTO: lethiwe makhanya

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A KWADAMBUZA woman has accused Edendale Hospital of negligence after she experienced complications following procedures that were done at the hospital.

Bawinile Malevu (47) said the hospital has operated on her stomach three times in an attempt to fix the mistake they made after seh had given birth in 2010.

Speaking to Echo, she said her life has been turned into a nightmare following these three operations.

“I gave birth through caesarean section in 2010.After giving birth, I had severe pain in my stomach for over six months.

“In 2016 the pain that I was feeling after giving birth came back again and my umbilicus (navel) turned green. I went to Caluza Clinic to check what was wrong but I was transferred to Edendale Hospital. They did some tests and check ups and told me that I need to be operated on because something was done wrong during the caesarean section in 2010.

“They said my intestines were no longer protected so they need to do an operation and put something [in] that would protect them.The hospital then did an operation and I was discharged. They told me that I am going to be in pain but it will eventually go away once I get used to what they have put inside me, which seemed like a sack,” she said.

Malevu said she was given a date to come back and remove the stitches. When she went back, the doctor told her that everything was fine and that she had healed very well.

In 2017 Malevu said she started feeling pain in her stomach again and she went back to the hospital to get checked up, but she was told she was fine.

“The pain never stopped, instead it started getting worse. I decided to go back to the hospital again in 2018 and I was transferred to another doctor. That doctor told me that they cannot assist me because they do not have a computerised tomography scan at the hospital, so I transferred to Greys Hospital.

“At Greys I was told that they cannot assist me and that Edendale must help me and fix the [issue] because it was their mistake. Greys wrote a referral letter for me to go back to Edendale.

“I went back to Edendale Hospital in July this year and did a computerised tomography scan. They told me that they need to do another operation on my stomach again to fix the first one.

“Because I was in pain, and desperately needed help, I agreed,” she said.

After the second operation, Malevu said the pain escalated and her stomach started to grow as if she was pregnant. She went back to hospital.

She said the hospital told her that there was a problem with the second operation and they did a third operation in September.

“My stomach kept growing and now I can barely walk. I am even ashamed to leave the house because people laugh at me because of my big stomach. My clothes do not fit me anymore.

“When I went to Edendale Hospital they told me they cannot assist me and that I must go back home and buy pain killers at the pharmacy and come back after six months.

“I cannot even sleep at night because of the pain and my stomach continues to grow everyday. I cannot even do house chores anymore,” she said.

Malevu said she wants the department to intervene and assist her and that she wants them to compensate her for everything they have put her through.

“The hospital was negligent but now they are telling me that they cannot assist me. What must I do now?

CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 “I cannot live like this, with this big stomach that continues to grow everyday.

“My life has completely changed for the worst because of them. They must do what is right and compensate me and fix what they did,” she said.

KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health spokesperson Noluthando Nkosi said: “Although the department is prohibited by law from discussing confidential patient clinical information, the department is nevertheless extremely concerned by this matter, and is investigating various ways to provide further help to this patient.”

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