Outrage over "humiliating" treatment of elderly hospital patient

Outrage over "humiliating" treatment of elderly hospital patient

South Africans were outraged over footage of the maltreatment of an elderly lady at a hospital in Tshwane.

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Horror photos were posted on social media on Wednesday which showed a gogo tied to a chair with her hand behind her back in the Mamelodi Hospital.

The pics were posted on Twitter by Virginia Keppler, who is the best friend of the elderly woman's daughter.

"This is my aunty Martha Marais, 76, my best friend Stephnie Marais' mother. Staff at the Mamelodi Hospital tied her hands behind her back and to these chairs, forcing her to to lie down on the cold floor since Tuesday night. Nursing staff ignored her cries for help. Disgraceful!" the post read.

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Outrage over "humiliating" treatment of elderly hospital patient

Outrage over "humiliating" treatment of elderly hospital patient. Photo credit: Virginia Keppler/Twitter.
Source: Twitter

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The post sparked outrage on social media and South Africans called for action to be taken against the nurses responsible.

Thuli Madonsela slammed the bahviour, writing: "What’s happened to some people’s humanity? This needs a speedy investigation."
Social media uer @Thandazo_P commented: "I know them... This is so disgustingly disturbing. MEC @GwenRamokgopa please ma'm look into this."

A heartbreaking video of the incident was also shared on social media, showing the daughter crying out over the inhumane treatment of her mother.

The matter has been taken further, and DA Shadow MEC for Health Jack Bloom reported it to the HOD at the Gauteng Health Department, dubbing the treatment of Marais "abuse".

Spokesman at the Provincial Health Department, Lesemang Matuka, said they were not aware of the incident until this morning and have since launched an investigation into the matter.

Briefly.co.za reached out to the hospital but has not yet received a comment.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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