- A doctor restored South Africans' faith in humanity after he offered to help a baby free of charge
- The baby, Hayley Le Grange, and her mother allegedly received no care in a Vryheid state hospital
- The lack of proper medical care led to no one knowing about the baby's cleft palate, which caused eating difficulties, resulting in weight loss
The organisation took to social media to share her story with the hope of raising funds for necessary medical treatment.
According to the post, both mother and baby received little to no medical care after she gave birth.
The original post in Afrikaans read:
"Hayley struggled to breathe after birth and she even stopped breathing entirely. The doctor said it was because she was so small. They placed the newborn baby on her mother's bed and they never saw the hospital's staff again."
They were reportedly discharged the following day without a single doctor checking to see if Hayley was fit to go home.
According to the mother, Hayley was 2.2kg at birth and she struggled to eat, continuing to lose weight.
At six weeks old, Hayley weighed only 2kg and because she was so small, the clinic staff argued over who would vaccinate her.
The concerned mother saw Hayley was growing weaker and losing weight, not being able to consum eeven 30ml of milk, so she took her to their general practitioner.
The doctor found that Hayley had a cleft palate, which makes it hard for her to drink. Hayley needed to see a specialist and, because her mom does not have medical aid, they needed R1 300 for a consultation alone.
However, the story was seen by Dr Jameel Desai, who offered his services to Hayley. Briefly.co.za translated Dr Desai's response from Afrikaans:
"Child Medi Organisation ...I am unaware of Hayley! From AOS in Newcastle, Dr Coelette Engelbrecht-Smit and I would like to offer our service for the surgery free of charge! Please let us consult with Hayley and then plan from there on."
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