Meyerton family livid at hospital after finding 'dead' daughter alive

2016-09-29 08:08
Hospital bed. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Hospital bed. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Johannesburg - A family in Meyerton, south of Johannesburg, wants to sue the Kopanong Hospital after they were told their daughter was dead only for them to find her alive, being treated in her ward.

According to DA MPL Jack Bloom, the family had the 26-year-old woman admitted to the hospital after she suffered a stroke.

On Wednesday last week a police officer informed them that she had died and her body needed to be collected.

However, when they went to the hospital on Monday this week to fetch her body, the family discovered she was alive and being treated in a ward.

According to Bloom, there were conflicting reports on what had actually happened to the woman last week.

"A nurse told them that [her] body had already been wrapped for removal after being declared dead but then it was discovered she was still living.

"But other versions of what happened have been told to them and they are confused about what really happened," Bloom said.

Family traumatised

According to Bloom, the hospital had asked the police for assistance with informing the woman's family because they did not have contact details for her next of kin.

"It seems that the police were called to inform the family of Tracy's supposed death because the hospital claims they did not have a phone number for the family, but the police were not informed later that Tracy had not actually died," he said.

The experience has left the woman's family traumatised and they are contemplating suing the hospital.

"They suffered for five days grieving over Tracy's death when she was still alive. This is inexcusable negligence by the hospital," Bloom said.

He called for an inquiry to be held urgently into the matter.

Gauteng MEC for health Qedani Mahlangu apologised to the family.

Spokesperson Steve Mabona said Mahlangu had instructed the hospital's CEO to establish the facts and report back.

"In the event of any wrongdoing corrective measures must be implemented accordingly," Mabona said.

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