Dept to pay nearly R7m to disabled boy

2011-05-30 22:07

Johannesburg - R6.7m will be paid to a Mamelodi boy who was left with brain damage following birth complications in 2004, the Gauteng health department said on Monday.

"In April this year, at the Pretoria High Court, the department and the child's legal representatives agreed on the settlement of R6.7 million," said spokesperson Simon Zwane.

He said it was also agreed that a curator would manage the money on the child's behalf.

The 7year-old boy was born at Pretoria West Hospital in March 2004 and was left severely brain damaged and a quadriplegic.

"The department hopes that the payment will assist the family to take care of the medical and other needs of the child," Zwane said.

  • MOTEK-XX - 2011-05-31 07:10

    "The department hopes that the payment will assist the family to take care of the medical and other needs of the child," Zwane said. 7 Years later???? Incredible!

      Chris Hansen - 2011-05-31 09:44

      I'm glad the family could have lasted this long, but yes this should have been done sooner. Much sooner.

  • Peter - 2011-05-31 08:02

    It's party time......

      ridgeback60 - 2011-05-31 08:18

      no. not party time. Their costs for the last 7 years are running into the millions, because therapists, neurologists and lawyers don't come free. I have been working with this matter for some time and the courts charge horrific fees per day for civil cases. If they are lucky, the family might have 30% for the curator to invest so that the child can receive what you and I take for granted. His transport and therapy needs are exhorbitant. Special foods are R600 PER DAY. He will be regularly hospitalized for bladder and lung infections, which costs approximately R2500 at current prices, PER DAY, medicines and doctor's charges exempted. For the rest of his life, the amount of the settlement is peanuts. This horrible case has rendered his parents a helluva lot poorer than ever they already were. Instead of making remarks about partying, please offer your services directly. Adapt your motor-car to take a rigid, unyielding little body and his wheelchair, so that you can get him to his therapists. Pay for a month's nutrition.

      john.tau.1840 - 2012-10-27 01:00

      Please allow this to happen to peter.gibbs. PLLEEAAASE!!!He needs a party.

  • rianadk - 2011-05-31 08:14

    It is great that he is getting some money for this, but all the money in the world cannot give him "quality of life"...He is in a wheelchair until the day he dies! Shame, poor kid!

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-10-27 07:35

    Poor little mite, hopefully this will give him and his parents access to facilities which can relieve some of the stress. He must need a lot of therapy, terrible shame. God bless them all

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