Toddler dies during power failure

2013-05-29 10:24
Kutlwano Kok (Beeld)

Kutlwano Kok (Beeld)

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Bloemfontein - A 1-year-old boy has died after the oxygen machine he was hooked up to at home stopped working due to a power failure.

Kutlwano Kok was receiving treatment for a chronic lung disease, reported Beeld.

The child's mother, Sylvia Kok, said the hospital had given them the oxygen machine after his birth but that regular power failures had been a problem since last year.

“Every time the power cuts out, I immediately call the municipality. Every time I tell them my child’s oxygen machine works with power. When the electricity goes off, I call the municipality about three times and sometimes they ignore me after the third call.”


Kok said she also sometimes called an ambulance to help supply oxygen but on Monday they couldn’t come out quickly enough to the house. 

“Kutlwano lost consciousness. We then gave him oxygen with a pump and he came to. He then lost consciousness for a second time and then we couldn’t bring him back.”

He had been discharged on Saturday after spending a month in hospital following an operation.

The Diamond Fields Advertiser reported that angry residents protested in the Club 2000 area near Kimberley after the death of the little boy.

“Kutlwano would have been alive today if we had electricity. I feel as though the municipality has robbed me of my baby,” Kutlwano’s emotional mother said. 

But a municipal spokesperson said the municipality didn’t know about the child’s condition and didn’t want to “play the blame game”.

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