Parents open a case following death

2019-03-27 06:00
Baby Brody Lee Bezuidenhout, who died from suspected meningitis. PHOTO: sourced

Baby Brody Lee Bezuidenhout, who died from suspected meningitis. PHOTO: sourced

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THE parents of five-month-old Brody Lee Bezuidenhout, who died recently after waiting 10 hours to receive treatment from two city hospitals, decided to open a case of death under suspicious circumstances last Tuesday.

Brody died on Sunday two weeks ago, after his parents Linda and Willem rushed him to Grey’s Hospital on the Saturday when he suddenly became sick and had a high temperature. Once at Grey’s, the staff told his parents that he had tick-bite fever and suggested they go to Northdale Hospital because of the availability of a bed there for the child.

Upon arrival at Northdale Hospital, they were told that no beds were available so they hastily went back to Grey’s Hospital, where staff checked his vitals and told the couple to bring him back the following day to see a paediatrician as his fever was settling. On the Sunday morning, Brody’s parents rushed him to Edendale Hospital after they noticed immediately that their son had become blue in the face and his eye were glossing over.

Brody died at Edendale Hospital of suspected meningitis and was laid to rest at a memorial service two weeks ago. Linda Bezuidenhout said that they are coping under the circumstances and that they have opened a case at the Plessislaer Police Station after seeking legal advice.

“We do not want any family to experience what we have experienced and therefore we have decided to pursue this legally for the sake of justice,” said Linda.

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