Baby's Hand Amputation: 3 Doctors and 1 Nurse Suspended for Negligence

Baby's Hand Amputation: 3 Doctors and 1 Nurse Suspended for Negligence

- Three doctors and one nurse have been suspended in connection with the baby whose hand was amputated recently

- The Mpumalanga provincial authorities also admitted to a possible case of negligence in the horrific matter

- The issue reportedly arose after a drip was allegedly incorrectly inserted and left unmonitored in the infant

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Mbali Sweleni, the mother of the infant whose hand was amputated, stated that her daughter's hand had a drip inserted due to dehydration from the diarrhoea she was originally rushed to hospital for.

It has now been reported that three doctors and a nurse have been suspended at the hospital in Delmas, Mpumalanga. Mbali said she questioned nursing staff and was repeatedly assured that her daughter's hand would be fine after seeing it had turned purple from the drip.

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The hospital staff are reportedly from the Bernice Samuel Hospital. Reports state that the four were suspended on Tuesday, 13 April, after there was an uproar online when the baby's hand had to be amputated.

Baby hand amputation: 3 Doctors, 1 Nurse suspended in connection
The baby whose hand was amputated at hospital is getting some sort of justice after four hospital staff members were suspended. Image: Stock Photo
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Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane said that the people responsible for the baby's hand amputation had to be found and brought to book for their negligence. A report by IOL stated that it was suspected that the drip that was inserted into the infant's hand was incorrectly inserted and not monitored.

The baby was then transported to another hospital as there were no specialists at the Delmas hospital. The report continued by saying that doctors had rushed to save the baby's hand but had no choice but to amputate it.

SABC News reported that community members from Delmas had marched to the Bernice Samuel Hospital after images of the infant's arm before amputation went viral. Provincial authorities in Mpumalanga have admitted to a case of possible negligence.

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Previously, Briefly News reported that Mtshweni-Tsipane and the Mpumalanga Health Minister Sasekani Manzini launched a probe into what condition caused the infant to have to have her hand amputated.

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 was needed.

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

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