- A pregnant woman was allegedly subjected to ill-treatment at a hospital
- Kgopotso Hlatshwayo was reportedly denied food for three days because she displayed symptoms of Covid-19
- She revealed her family could also not bring her food because she was in isolation
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A heavily pregnant woman, Kgopotso Hlatshwayo, has opened about the treatment she had to endure in a hospital after she showed symptoms related to the novel coronavirus.
The Sowetan reported on her ordeal, revealing Hlatshwayo was allegedly starved and treated with disdain at Bheki Mlangeni District Hospital in Jabulani, Soweto.
The mother of one was admitted to the hospital on 22 April after she experienced dizziness and fatigue because of pregnancy.
However, the symptoms are similar to that of Covid-19 and she was placed in isolation. The 32-year-old told the publication that she started to display Covid-19-like symptoms.
Promise Marupeng quoted Hlatshwayo saying:
"No-one [at the hospital] wanted to do anything with me. They were convinced that I'm coronavirus positive when I started to struggle to breath and sneezed a lot. This is because I have a history of sinusitis."
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Hlatshwayo, who is eight months pregnant, revealed her family took her to the hospital after she became dizzy and she was moved to an isolation ward on 28 April.
A doctor suggested that she was tested for Covid-19, however, while awaiting her results, Hlatshwayo was subjected to ill-treatment.
She revealed no one wanted to come near her out of fear that she might be infected.
"So, I was deprived of food because no-one wanted to come close to me. This happened for three-long days."
The pregnant woman had to watch through the glass how other patients were given food while she starved.
Because she was in isolation, her family could not visit and therefore they could not bring her food.
"I felt powerless as I was shouted at and told to go lie still in bed. I was treated like a child. I heard them shouting that I wanted to infect the whole hospital with my deadly disease; that tore me inside."
When she arrived home, the community did not accept her back because of the fear that she might infect them.
At one point, police showed up and forcefully took Hlatshwayo back to the hospital after it was alleged that she had escaped.
When she got back to the hospital, nurses allegedly cussed at her and called her names. Despite her results coming back negative, Hlatshwayo was still victimised both and the hospital and her community back home.
Briefly.co.za learned Gauteng department of health spokesperson Kwara Kekana said Hlatshwayo's situation was addressed at a meeting at the hospital to better prepare health workers to handle Covid-19.
However, she's not happy and plans on suing the hospital.
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