THE little boy is playing with his toy car when suddenly his knees begin to tremble. Soon his entire body is shaking and then with a wild scream he throws his small body onto the floor.
“Gee! Gee! Gee!” he screams in rage as he hits his face harder and harder with his little fists. This is Tshepo*, a four-yearold boy whose mother Nobuhle* was last week awarded R16 million from the Eastern Cape health department after he was left severely brain damaged when his birth was botched by nurses at Bisho hospital in 2006. In the middle of his tantrum, his mother rushes to him and scoops him into her arms and coos: “Ayi, ayi, ayi, Tshepo. Stop my baby, please stop this.”
She holds him tightly to her chest and rocks as she soothes, “Ssh my baby, Shh nana,” until his screams fade.
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