A woman, Nonhlelo Zungu, wants R3 million from the hospital she blames for the death of her baby in 2016.
According to the 25-year-old, who hails from Mahlabathini, northern KwaZulu-Natal, said her baby died only days after she gave birth on 19 July 2016, and the post mortem allegedly proves it was the Nkonjeni Hospital staff’s fault.
Zungu said the doctor who delivered her baby used steel forceps in an attempt to pull out the child, however it caused damage to her son’s head.
She allegedly told the doctor her baby boy’s head was swollen but the physician told her he was cleared to go home, The Daily Sun reported.
Zungu said her mom was bathing the little boy a day after they returned home, and she saw his head was bruise. So, the rushed back to the medical facility but her baby died two days later.
Briefly.co.za learned Zungu said she had been battling with the hospital since 2016 and the KZN Department of Health only recently agreed to meet with her.
“I’m happy they finally saw the need to meet me. Since 2016, I have been trying to get them to account for my baby’s death after a post mortem result showed that it was their fault,” she said, adding she wants R3 million compensation.
KZN Health spokeswoman Ncumisa Mafunda said the mother and hospital CEO will meet soon.
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