Boy left blinded from staff negligence, health MEC pays family R15.7m

Boy left blinded from staff negligence, health MEC pays family R15.7m

- The Mpumalanga Health Member of the Executive Council (MEC) has agreed to pay a South African family R15.7 million because of staff negligence

- Mary Rossouw gave birth to a baby boy at the Witbank Hospital, however, nursing staff exposed the infant to too much oxygen and he was blinded as a result

- The R15.7 million includes R9.7 million for Mary’s son, Renier’s future medical expenses and R1.4 million for general damages

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R15.7 million has been allocated by the Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Health in Mpumalanga, to be paid to a family whose child was left blinded due to staff negligence.

The baby boy, Renier, was delivered at Witbank Hospital, but nursing staff exposed him to an excessive amount of oxygen, leading to him being left without his sight.

Renier’s mother, Mary Roussouw, claimed R19 million at the Pretoria High Court, IOL reported.

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Mpumalanga’s Health MEC has agreed to pay out R15.7 million.

Briefly.co.za gathered that R9.7 million will be allocated for future medical expenses, and the remaining R1.4 million is for general damages.

Renier was born prematurely and had to receive oxygen in order to counteract his respiratory distress syndrome, however, the nursing staff gave too much to the infant.

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Renier’s mother is devastated, as her child in now blind in both eyes and is placing full blame on the hospital’s medical staff.

The staff allegedly did not follow the correct steps stipulated by the Department of Health, regarding prevention of blindness, Briefly.co.za discovered.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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