Gauteng health MEC settles medical negligence case for R19.2 million

Gauteng health MEC settles medical negligence case for R19.2 million

- Omphile Ngwenya was born with brain damage due to negligence from various doctors and nurses in the hours before she was born

- Gauteng health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa settled the matter on Monday for R19.2 million

- The money will be placed in a trust account and will only be used to take care of Omphile

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Gauteng health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa announced on Monday that her department had reached a settlement agreement with the family of Omphile Ngwenya. The department will pay a total of R19.2 million for medical negligence.

Omphile was born with brain damage which was caused by negligent behaviour by several doctors and nurses in the hours before she was born. Omphile suffered from a severe lack of oxygen by the time she was finally born on 24 March 2012.

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The little girl’s head was too large for her mother’s pelvis, if medical staff had acted appropriately and delivered her via cesarean section sooner she would have suffered little to no trauma.

Briefly.co.za gathered that due to doctors and nurses dragging their heels and not following best practice guidelines, Omphile suffered severe brain damage which has developed into cerebral palsy.

Omphile will never recover experts say she will never walk, talk or even be able to feed herself.

Her distressed mother, Lindiwe Ngwenya sued the Gauteng Health Department for R34 million in damages. Lindiwe decided to settle for the R19.2 million payout in order to take care of her daughter.

The money will be placed in a trust account and can only be used to take care of Omphile. Lindiwe will receive R135 907 as compensation for taking care of Omphile since birth. Lindiwe’s life has been brutal since Omphile’s birth.

She had to rely on the government child grant of R380 per month to take care of her daughter, she had to stop working as a cleaner to devote her life to taking care of her daughter. Lindiwe says a doctor at the Pholosong Hospital told authorities that she should not qualify for a care dependency grant.

The duo lived in a two-roomed RDP house with several other family members.

A court heard that Lindiwe had a fairly regular pregnancy up until a few hours before Omphile was delivered. Lindiwe went to the clinic when she had contractions on 23 March 2012.

After many hours it was established that the foetus was in distress and Lindiwe was transferred to the hospital. It was found that the clinic failed to inform the hospital that the foetus was in distress and hospital staff were also found guilty of not monitoring the situation closely enough.

By the time an emergency caesarean section was performed, Omphile had already suffered extensive brain damage and a dislocated knee.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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