Infant's Hand Mistakenly Amputated by Hospital Staff, Probe Launched

Infant's Hand Mistakenly Amputated by Hospital Staff, Probe Launched

- A baby no older than a month has had her hand amputated after being admitted to hospital with diarrhoea

- Mbali Sweleni stated that the hospital staff advised that her daughter's hand be amputated so that an infection did not spread

- The Mpumalanga Premier and Health Minister visited Sweleni and have launched an investigation into the matter

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Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane, Mpumalanga Premier, visited the family of the infant whose hand was wrongfully amputated at a hospital over the weekend. Reports revealed that the infant was admitted to Delmas Hospital.

She reportedly suffered from diarrhoea but was found to have other complications which led to her being transferred to another hospital. At the Witbank Hospital, where she was transferred, her hand allegedly had to be amputated.

Mtshweni-Tsipane and the Mpumalanga Health Minister Sasekani Manzini have now launched a probe into what illness caused the infant to have had her hand amputated.

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Mpumalanga: Infant's arm wrongfully amputated at hospital
A Mpumalanga infant's arm was reportedly wrongfully amputated by hospital staff. Image: Stock Photo
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A report by The South African stated that the mother of the child, Mbali Sweleni, is demanding answers about the terrible incident. The report stated that the hospital staff allegedly inserted a drip into the infant's arm incorrectly, thus causing irreversible damage.

Sweleni stated that her daughter's hand turned blue, after which it was decided that they would move her baby to Steve Biko Hospital, Pretoria. Upon discovering there were no beds at the facility, it was then resolved that the infant's hand would be amputated, just days after it turned blue.

Sweleni alleged that the hospital staff told her that her infant's hand needed to be amputated or the 'infection' would travel through her body. Mtshweni-Tsipane stated that a preliminary report should be released next week, adding that the truth is needed, according to a report by TimesLIVE.

Manzini and Mtshweni-Tsipane visited the family of the infant to offer counselling and support.

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In other shocking news making headlines, Briefly News recently reported on a Vryheid horror crash. Reports have revealed that six of the 10 people who lost their lives in a horror crash in Vryheid, KwaZulu-Natal were from the same family. The accident occurred on the R34 and two toddlers also lost their lives.

The six lost their lives after the driver of the car they were in failed to stop at a stop street. This resulted in their car colliding head-on with a large Ford Ranger bakkie. The family were in a Mazda 3.

MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison Neliswa Peggy Nkonyeni reportedly visited the families of those killed to assist with funeral arrangements. Nkonyeni stated that there were no words to express her condolences to the family of the deceased.

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