Health to pay for brain damage after prolonged labour

2015-10-23 10:30


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Pietermaritzburg - A woman whose child has irreversible brain damage after her labour was prolonged unnecessarily by medical staff at Greytown Hospital in September 2010, is to receive an interim payment of R275 794,51 from the Health Department.

This is in terms of a court order granted by Acting Judge Kobus Booyens in the high court in Pietermaritzburg on Thursday.

The department admitted liability on November 5 last year for the damages suffered by Sithabile Rosemary Zondi, on behalf of her son, Mpendulo Shange.

She is claiming damages totalling R20 287 794,51 but the amount she will eventually be paid out is the subject of another trial, which was yesterday postponed to November 2.

According to the court papers, Zondi was admitted to Greytown Hospital at 3.30 pm on September 14, 2010.

She was examined by a doctor and was advised she would give birth naturally.

She was admitted to the labour ward and remained in labour throughout the night. She was again seen by a doctor at 7 am the next day, and examined “intermittently” throughout the day by nursing staff. At 9 pm that night, a doctor told her she could not give birth as her blood pressure was too high and she was “tired”.

She was given oxygen and told she was going to be transferred to Grey’s Hospital in Pietermaritzburg.

The transfer took place and on her arrival at Grey’s at 11 pm that night, Zondi was taken straight to theatre. Her son was born at 11.30 pm.

Due to the negligence by the medical staff at Greytown who failed to take steps for her to undergo a Caesarean section and unnecessarily prolonged her labour, Mpendulo suffered “irreversible brain damage” and is mentally and physically handicapped. He will be dependent on others for life and, in time, is expected to be placed in an institution

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