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This is not just the story of a woman’s fight to find out why her husband died of massive blood loss following "routine elective surgery" at a “boutique hospital” near Johannesburg on 22 October 2019.

It’s not just the story of the surgeon who walked away from the deceased’s devastated family, muttering, according to them:"I couldn’t save him."

It’s not just the story of the hospital concerned which, as the law stands at the moment, allows it to say: "Yes, the doctor’s rooms are here. Yes, the doctor uses our operating theater and our equipment and our nurses and our medicines. But, no, we are not responsible for the doctor’s conduct on our premises. And, no, we have not conducted an extensive investigation into the patient’s death because we believe in the excellence of the surgeon concerned and of our nurses."

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