Negligence costs KZN health dept R7.1m

2013-03-12 09:50

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Durban - The KwaZulu-Natal health department has offered a mother a R7m settlement after her son's leg had to be amputated because of hospital neglect, the Witness reported on Tuesday.

Thokozane Mkhize's son Minenhle had to have his leg amputated at Prince Mshiyeni hospital when he was 6-years-old.

The provincial department of health and Mkhize settled the lawsuit out of court on Monday.

Minenhle broke his leg and fractured his left ankle when he fell out of a tree on 29 April 2008.

He was taken to hospital the next day and was treated as an outpatient. A plaster cast was placed below his knee and it covered his foot.

Two days later Minenhle and his mother returned to the hospital because he was complaining of severe pain, but they were turned away.

They were told by medical staff the pain was normal. A few days later he could not move his toes and the skin on his left foot became dark.

When his mother took him back to hospital and the cast was removed, a doctor told them that the blood supply to the leg had been blocked and an amputation was necessary.

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