Blind, brain damaged: this is SA’s malpractice nightmare

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Blind, brain damaged: this is SA’s malpractice nightmare

These cases are but two among the many negligence and malpractice claims, which total nearly R100bn

Mpumzi Zuzile and Anathi Madubela

Tebogo Machete waited nearly 12 hours at Mamelodi Hospital in Pretoria for help when she was giving birth to her son. She ended up in ICU after being told the baby was battling to breathe. Today her son, who suffered brain damage when he was born, is 11 years old and has to be fed through a tube. 

Neville Sinclair’s twin sons were born prematurely at Steve Biko Hospital in Pretoria during a strike by nurses and doctors in 2010. Today both boys are partially blind, allegedly because unqualified staff administered excess oxygen into the boys’ incubators.

Sinclair and Machete’s stories are but two of the many medical negligence and malpractice liability claims the national department of health is facing – currently totalling nearly R100bn...

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