Update: Caregivers 'adopt' gogo who was chained to hospital bench

Update: Caregivers 'adopt' gogo who was chained to hospital bench

On Wednesday, caregivers who form part of a programme for the elderly adopted Martha Marais.

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Caregivers of the Adopt-A-Gogo-Mkhulu Foundation adopted the elderly lady who was tied to a bench at Mamelodi Hospital a couple of weeks ago.

The programme forms part of an initiative run by the Department of Social Development, IOL reported.

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Update: Caregivers 'adopt' gogo who was chained to hospital bench

Martha Marais was tied up with her hands behind her back at Mamelodi Hospital. Photo credit:Virginia Keppler/Twitter.
Source: Twitter

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The programme operated in five regions in Gauteng and it offers assistance and protection to elderly people, including those who were subjected to abuse.

After hearing about Marais' treatment at the hospital, the co-ordinator of the programme, Fraser Thabethe, provided her with a caregiver - who will be with the gogo every step of the way in her recovery process.

Briefly.co.za previously reported South Africans were outraged over footage of the maltreatment of an elderly lady at the Tshwane hospital.

The footage showed Marais tied with her hands behind her back to a hospital bench. It was revealed she spent hours on the cold floor before help arrived.

Speaking up about the ordeal, the 78-year-old said she felt humiliated and her wrists still hurt where she had been tied up.

It was also revealed that four staff members have been placed on special leave pending an investigation into the incident.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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