Health dept liable for baby born with brain damage

2015-10-08 09:48
KZN Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo (The Witness)

KZN Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo (The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - The Health MEC has conceded liability for damages arising from the birth of a brain-damaged baby at Durban’s Prince Mshiyeni Hospital.

Busisiwe Mngoma (on behalf of her daughter Sbongakonke Asanda Mngoma, who was born on August 4, 2012) has sued the health authorities for R11 800 000, but the amount she will receive will be determined at a future hearing.

On Wednesday, Judge Sharmain Balton granted a consent order in which the Health MEC admitted the department was liable to pay Mngoma for whatever damages she was able to prove.

Her claim is based on the fact that medical staff at Prince Mshiyeni Hospital were negligent by unnecessarily prolonging her labour, failing to monitor the condition of the foetus and the mother during labour, failing to timeously establish that the baby was at risk and failing to expedite the birth.

The court papers also state that the staff did not resuscitate the baby timeously after birth, failed to admit her immediately to the neonatal intensive care unit when they should have done so, and also failed to provide the mother and child with proper medical care and treatment.

As a result, the baby was born with brain damage. She is blind and will remain totally dependent on others for all her daily requirements for the rest of her life.

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