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By unknown | Dec 15, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Ntwaagae Seleka

Ntwaagae Seleka

A three-month-old baby died in her aunt's arms yesterday after a Vereeniging doctor wouldn't treat the infant.

Nozuko Nongabi, 29, of Meyerton in the Vaal Triangle said she was on her way to the Eastern Cape this week with her baby, Asiphe, when the infant suddenly found it difficult to breathe.

"When the taxi reached Vereeniging I took him to Mohseen Choonara, who said my baby's condition was serious and told me to take her to hospital or a specialist," said the weeping mother of two.

The doctor told her that he could not examine the child because he needed an X-ray machine.

Nongabi, who was with her sister Bongiwe, 19, said they left the surgery afraid the infant would die.

Nongabi said: "My baby was breathing heavily through his mouth."

She said she and Bongiwe tried to keep the baby conscious with mouth-to-mouth, but to no avail. They then called an ambulance, but it did not arrive in time.

"Metres away from the surgery my child died in my sister's arms while I was speaking to the emergency personnel on the phone," said Nongabi.

She said they told her to return to Choonara, who had to fill in a form as the last medical practitioner to see the baby alive.

Choonara said he did not examine the child but referred Nongabi to a specialist in Vereeniging.

He said: "I am very sorry for what happened. I am willing to help with the funeral arrangements."

Vaal Rand police spokesman Captain Veli Mcera said an inquest docket had been opened.


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