Baby dies after doc refuses treatment

2012-05-09 09:04

Johannesburg - A Pretoria family is furious after a baby had seizures and later died after being turned away by a doctor who refused to treat her.

Kai Nkasana was only two weeks old when she was rushed to the Tshwane District Hospital by her parents, reported the Pretoria News. She had earlier been discharged from the hospital after treatment for diarrhoea, but her condition had since worsened.

The baby was sick, crying and dehydrated, but the attending doctor told the parents that crying babies were to be comforted at home.

After being turned away by the doctor, the baby had seizures. She was rushed to Steve Biko Academic Hospital, where she died four days later.

The family laid a complaint with the hospital after the baby’s death and were apparently told that the doctor was not at fault.

The baby’s grandmother, Maureen Nkasana said, “We plan to take this much further. We want the minister to hear about the neglect that was not acknowledged,” she said.

The hospital’s clinical manager, Mpho Motsoane said the doctor’s attitude was not correct and that she would be facing disciplinary charges and that an investigation was still under way. 

  • Michelle - 2012-05-09 09:13

    "Investigation" unfortunately cannot bring back the poor baby!!! There should be investigation BEFORE incidents like this happen. But our "Ministers" are all sorted. None of them are patients at our "most prestigious" Government Hospitals. What a load of bull

      sabongam - 2012-05-09 09:50

      @Michelle - I don't even think this is about the facility being a govt hospital...If the doctor refused to treat the baby then I don't think its about being a govt hospital...It all boils down to the medical practitioner's values and his commitment to the Hippocratic oath ... There is a specific passage in the oath that states as follows - I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment and never do harm to anyone. Now, what if this happened in a private hospital, which hardly ever happens or almost never, whereby the doctor refuses to treat a patient?

      Theo - 2012-05-09 10:00

      @Sabongam - As much as the doctor is at fault so much is the govt hospitals. I went to visit a friend at a govt hospital the other day and was disgusted with how dirty the place was and the arrogant attitude of staff. Stop ignoring the fact that the Govt is failing SA dismally in all respects. They have no bloody clue what health care is about !!

      mlucejko - 2012-05-09 10:31

      Sue the Doctor for negligence !! No-one takes a baby to Hospital just because it's crying.. Especially as this baby had already been to the Hospital for other aliments.. Parents, Sue the negligent bugger !!

  • Wimpie.Haefele - 2012-05-09 09:15

    How dare they bother the doctor with a sick child.

      Michelle - 2012-05-09 09:17

      True story gobsmacked Must have interrupted her Soapies or something MUCH more important

      Bryan - 2012-05-09 09:42

      That poor family :( Reading this is hard enough.

      dulile.sowagahlubikalangalibalele - 2012-05-09 09:55

      Gobsmacked, I'm gobsmacked by your comment. Do you bother the doctor with a healthy child?

      Wimpie.Haefele - 2012-05-09 10:10

      @dudile it was sarcasm. @michelle I want to know how that doctor will ever be able to sleep again knowing that a child have suffered and died because of his/her neglect and indifference.

      Wayne - 2012-05-09 10:10

      @dulile It's called sarcasm.

  • Peter - 2012-05-09 09:18

    Just another day in South Africa...

      Eric - 2012-05-09 09:32

      Yup. Thanks to the ANC!! :(

  • onke.mcilongo - 2012-05-09 09:20

    department must fire the bloody doctor

      Susan - 2012-05-09 09:53

      No, that is not good enough. The doctor should be charged with murder and alternatively manslaughter as his actions led to the death of the baby. The family should demand that.

      Theo - 2012-05-09 09:54

      And get this pathetic health system sorted out

  • John - 2012-05-09 09:20

    the heath dept should be sued and the doctor charged with murder, wont bring the child back but at least the parents would get some comfort out of knowing that somthing was done and it might prevent a similar occurence down the line.

  • ElKapino - 2012-05-09 09:21

    I solemnly pledge myself to consecrate my life to the service of humanity; I will give to my teachers the respect and gratitude which is their due; I will practice my profession with conscience and dignity; the health of my patient will be my first consideration; I will respect the secrets which are confided in me; I will maintain by all the means in my power the honor and noble traditions of the medical profession; my colleagues will be my brothers; I will not permit considerations of religion, nationality, race, party, politics, or social standing to intervene between my duty and my patient; I will maintain the utmost respect for human life from the time of conception; even under threat, I will not make use of my medical knowledge contrary to the laws of humanity. I make these promises solemnly, freely, and upon my honor

      sharon.truebodyvice - 2012-05-09 09:41

      RIP Lil one @ ELKapino does not look like that is taken to heart in government hospitals or clinics, people are just an irritant to these so called docs and nurses and please dont forget all the red tape u have to go thru before u will even be acknoweledged by a nurse

      Jonathan - 2012-05-09 10:02

      That's the way it used to be...when medicine was a calling and not just another job. No pride anymore...

      Ze Don - 2012-05-09 10:06

      That version is no longer taken in SA as most nursing staff would have to be removed from the roll for striking.

      Shaun - 2012-05-09 10:53

      This code now has been changed. It now reads "money money money money money money money money money money money money money money money money money money money money money money money money". My own Father was removed from hospital with a critical illness because his medical aid would no longer pay the money hungry hospital.

  • Johan - 2012-05-09 09:24

    If you want to die just go to any government hospital!

      Richard - 2012-05-09 09:31

      they save more than they lose bud...get a grip.

      Christian J Denyschen - 2012-05-09 09:36

      doesn't mater how many they save they shouldn't lose lives like this bud how bout u get a grip!

      Amanda - 2012-05-09 10:17

      jes johan u right. i was a patient in a government hospital .thy let u suffer with paine before thy attend to ur call. u mast ring the bell and thy will take there time to come. thy let u lay in blood and dirty pajames and u must see to urself. (tygerberg hospital in cape town) THE NURSING STAFF ,MOST OF THEM JOH ARE PATHETIC. THEN I WENT TO PRIVATE PANORAMA HOSPITAL .THERE I WAS TREATED WITH RESPECT AND WERE LOOK AFTER .AND ITS NOT BECAUSE OF THE AMOUNT OF MONEY U PAY ,BUT THERE ATTITUDES AND CARIND FOR U . SO A SHAME WHAT HAPPENED TO THAT LITTLE ONE . RIP

      Gungets - 2012-05-09 10:49

      My brother has a triple bypass in a government hospital. The care was top class, he was in and out in a week and has never looked back. There are good ones and bad ones, suggest you get a little more detailed with your criticism.

      Carlien - 2012-05-09 12:39

      There is only one who decides wether to take live or give matter where you are, what you are doing or who you are, when its your time...its your time. Yes, we all would like it to be in a honorable way, and not by somebody elses hand. But there is still good in somepeople even if there is not in the others. And have you ever taken a good look at yourself to see what exactly you are doing to make this a better South Africa? Its so much easier to point a finger, but remember there is always 3 pointing back. (Haal eers die balk uit jou eie oog voor jy die splinter uit iemand anders sin wil haal.)

      Lara - 2012-05-09 19:15

      So Carlien, what happened to free choice performed by the doctor?

  • Jacques - 2012-05-09 09:26

    Filthy attitudes but most likely pure incompantance. If you let matrics pass at 30% the doctors you reap are substandard aswell. Sorry but we know the rules for being admitted these days to medical schools. I would not just investigate i would open a murder charge. Our child was born in a goverment hospital where ladies with water that has broken had to climb three flights of stairs since the elevator was not working. All loved ones was refused to support the monthers and no one was allowed access. After 14 hours my wife was told to take a pill and go home. I refused. When the doctor arived he freked with all the trainees and stated this baby has turned and for this reason the dialation did not proceed as normal. They performed a C section and for three years my baby had a mark on his back where the pressure applied. 17 Hours of Labor. Was supposed to be the best day of my life but it was the worst. Nurses told patients if they dont shut up their babies wont make it. That is coronation supposed to be the best the goverment has to offer

  • rianette.kemp - 2012-05-09 09:33

    This is very sad. Just wonder when will the majortity of SA realise, it is time to vote for another party

      Dennis - 2012-05-09 09:41

      It is going to be a while yet but by then the country will be f@#$%d !!!

      Mimi - 2012-05-09 09:48

      i just dont get where does politics fit in this, baby dies then vote 4 another party....! Come on....! just like apartheid took 4 eva the voting will also takes ages...!

      Msika - 2012-05-09 10:05

      @Mimi, Politics fit everywhere dear, this is a public hospital, managed by the health dept, which is headed by a health minister who is a politician, and a member of the ruling political party that was voted for by the poeple, and the incompetence of all this poeple has resulted to this family loosing their beloved baby, and you want to tell me politics doesnt fit in.

      Gungets - 2012-05-09 10:55

      Did anybody here visit Edendale Hospital in the 70's and 80's. Or King Edward, or Bara, or Ngwelezana in Empangeni. I did, and they were like Dante's inferno. Many of the privileged commentators here have not and do not visit govt hospitals to see for themselves, they comment on other opinions. I would rather go to Albert Luthuli than Westville - I have seen both. One incident does not condemn the lot.

      eil33nn - 2012-05-09 11:53

      @Gungets...In 2008 I was in a motorcycle accident. I was taken to Pretoria Academical hospital, now Steve Biko. The nurses refused to wash me, my mom had to do that. I was in emergencies for 3 days theater ready - this means i was on a glucose drip for three days without eating anything. When a bed FINALLY opened in orthopedics ward the nurses wanted to put an elderly lady in there with an ancle sprain. ALL i neede was the bed for 1 night to get my finger operated on. Now tell me if i would have received that treatment in a private hospital? They want to start the NHI next year - I see MORE room for another epic fail!

  • LindiBleu - 2012-05-09 09:34

    this is weird? what doctor was this? the last time I took my son to a govt hospital, I was told that irrespective of how mild a convulsion is, a baby is admitted - no child is sent home after any form of seizure. So, how did this mook send a baby home? there's no need to take this further. track down her kid and kill it. it seems to me that this is the language we will have to end up speaking: an eye for an eye.

      Msika - 2012-05-09 10:06

      ...Leaves the whole world blind.

  • Suprise - 2012-05-09 09:36

    Fire the doctor, they took an oath. Laziness doesn't seem to amaze me with all Government facilities.

      Frankly - 2012-05-09 10:15

      She should be fire AND her licence revoked indefinitely! So she will never be able to practice again, ever! She does not deserve to be a doctor. How condescending of her to say crying babies should be comforted at home?! DISGUSTING ATTITUDE FOR A SUPPOSED DOCTOR! WHAT IS HER NAME? NAME HER NEWS24!

  • Pule - 2012-05-09 09:39

    I know that Hospital you can even spend 4 hours waiting for service,they are lazy,Why did'nt they go to Pretoria Academic(Steve Biko) is just situated next to that HF...

      Ze Don - 2012-05-09 09:49

      It is the old HF... same place, different title.

      colette.vangerve - 2012-05-09 10:12

      What's worse is how they treat cancer patients in active treatment, no compassion, not even trying to understand their trauma and not even a glass of water for those coming from a far for treatments.... shocking, how must the sick care for themselves, its our Godly task to care for our neighbors and love them all....

  • Carla - 2012-05-09 09:50

    RIP little one

  • Merven - 2012-05-09 09:55

    This is what happens when being a doctor is not a calling any more but all about money.

      colette.vangerve - 2012-05-09 10:08

      Totally agree with you!

  • jackal666.daniel - 2012-05-09 10:03

    Exactly the reason why I would not have kids in this country. If they make it out of the hospital they get raped at school! F#$K THIS!

      Merven - 2012-05-09 10:43

      Yes, but they can always join the ANCYL at the age of 34 and become tender millionaires!

      jackal666.daniel - 2012-05-09 12:07

      @Merven yet another reason not to have children in SA

  • colette.vangerve - 2012-05-09 10:07

    Imagine the pain the baby had, crying out load, asking for help and a stupid doc, that most probably got the qualification over the counter, that must not have kids herself to understand that they can only cry for help, not talk, Im crying with that family - these days, show me a compassionate doc that studied this career because they love it and want to change things and help others get better? Its all about the money and the political party I support to get somewhere in life without working for it....

  • Gideon Michael Lebohang Monoko - 2012-05-09 10:09

    This doctor doesn't deserve that title. He shud be jailed and he must rot there.

  • georgebrightons - 2012-05-09 10:10

    Struck the doctor off the roll! The doctor's behaviour is inhuman. Deport that doctor with fake cerficates! That doctor will cost the dept. Of health if not removed from the Medical Association. RIP baby!

  • Frankly - 2012-05-09 10:13

    Why don't they name the doctor? Would love to get hold of her... for some punishment!

  • Vusi - 2012-05-09 10:19

    In a perfect world the doctor would be sued for malpractise and would also lose her license to practise. I hope this won't be one of those long investigations, this should be a simple open and shut case. My condelences to the baby's family

  • Genesistt - 2012-05-09 10:29

    How can the doctor not be at fault?! The doctor refused to look at the baby! This is just shocking!

  • smbonani - 2012-05-09 10:41

    the interesting part is that these doctors at private hospitals are the same one's that work at private hospitals.the question is does the pay determine the attitude ?

      Pule - 2012-05-09 11:11

      What are you trying to saying?

  • tlou.mathekga - 2012-05-09 10:47

    either way,see u in hell doc...

  • Angelica - 2012-05-09 10:55


  • Gert - 2012-05-09 11:28

    This doesn't sound like a qualified doctor-? or is it a doctor from Cuba or other african state with fake papers? This has everything to do then with state hospitals-because private hospitals would have taken more care to appoint a real doctor of higher standard. Maybe corruption plays a role again--somebody got paid to appoint this "doctor". The future of the NHI state hospitals that we shall be forced to pay for may hold the same symptoms. It doesn't look good for SA.

  • Riëtte - 2012-05-09 11:33

    I fully support the family, I have seen personally how pathetic Tshwane District Hospital is. Imagine telling a parent crying babies should be comforted at home. He was too lazy to work and if he had half a brain he would know you can't send a dehydrated baby home!!!

  • tebza.radebe - 2012-05-09 11:41

    The damn doctor need a warm klaap

  • monique.feilingrawjee - 2012-05-09 11:52

    this is terrible :( its because nowadays, no occupation is done with passion - its only done to pay the bills... i myself complain about the high rate of medical aid and at the end of the day, those medical aids know that without them we would have to face those horrid government hospitals...! so I would rather pay an arm and a leg, so that I know, should my little angel fall ill, she'll get the best... sick ANC - u supposed to take care of your people - isn't that what you promised???

  • Bruce - 2012-05-09 12:34

    Doctors told me when my kids were young, that diarrhoea and vomiting can be life threatening in any child under the age of 2. They must never be assumed to "teething" or just cranky. They should be admitted and put on a drip. Apparently they can excrete the antibiotic as fast as they get it in!

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-05-09 12:52

    This is really nonsense man damn, deos she have any child this stupid doctor, and how did she get her licence? No ma the department should just take her practising licence and she can go to hell for that matter. Still raises some questions of how our hospitals are in SA now man.

  • karenadawkins - 2012-05-09 13:13

    in all government hospitals the lack of care and attention to given to patients both doctors and nurses alike is disgusting and they should be help accountable for there revolting actions which often lead to death of patients- this country is in some serious turmoil not of our departments are running ok with rape of kids on the rise, violent protests to to lack of care in gove hospitals, when dose it all stop... the government which we lay our trust and hope for the future should stop feeding there pockets and start taking care of the people... they should become the people and have the same treatment as the "common" people and than maybe just maybe they will wake up and start doing their JOBS properly.... wishful thinking i know

  • Lance - 2012-05-09 13:17

    most common reply is the investigation . We taxe payers are paying our taxes whether we like it or not ,but the state hospitals think they are doing people a favour and dnt need to help .i have been to a state hospital and the staff are heading straight to their help as they just ignore patience ..

  • Deana - 2012-05-09 13:19

    To the god doctor- FIRST DO NO HARM - may the cries of that baby forever haunt you! As for the parents- sue the hell out off the doctor and hospital! Rip, little one!

  • songezo.kilani - 2012-05-09 14:29

    Another 12.5 mil pay out is on the cards here, some ppl r so lucky. I wish i could be in a position to sue :-)

      Deana - 2012-05-09 15:09

      You must be joking! If you are- it's a sick joke. If you're not- you are sick and deranged. Would you rather want 12.5mil or a life baby?

      Deon - 2012-05-09 21:56

      How disgusting can you be , a innocent baby just died and you think of money. U diff not a mother and if u are I feel sorry for u children. DIGUSTING

  • bernadine.young - 2012-05-09 16:08

    My deepest condolences to the Nkasana family, being a mother myself, the very thought of losing anyone of my precious children is more than I could bear. I wish you strength, fortitude and courage and plenty of "feeling angry" to the point where you will see justice done for your little Kai!

  • Deon - 2012-05-09 22:06

    I'll never understand your pain, just rem that this baby is in the arms of a mighty God. I'm really sorry that der is such sick people in dis world, may God deal with this doctor accordingly

  • Phistos - 2012-05-09 22:09

    is not doctor is a satanism.

  • riana.haywood - 2012-05-09 22:58

    Sue the living daylights out of the dr and the hospital!!!!!!! Take them to hell and back!!!!!! But rest assured, your angel is in heaven. Condolences to the family.

  • mandy-k1 - 2014-02-04 11:28

    I with the granny and family on this one. Some doctors strut around like little demigods. I know doctors in government hospitals are overworked but that is no excuse. Everyone should be treated fairly - too often we see that money=health and that is just soooooo wrong!!!

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