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By unknown | Feb 16, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Kingdom Mabuza

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The Department of Health in Mpumalanga was livid yesterday after a report by the management of Witbank Hospital indicated that little Nosipho Vilakazi's leg was infected because of a band that was left around her thigh.

The baby was saved from having her leg amputated when Sowetan intervened on Monday after receiving a frantic call from her mother.

The department is not satisfied with the hospital's explanation and a medical doctor from the department will be dispatched to conduct a thorough investigation.

Mpho Gabashane, a spokesman for the department, said: "A medical doctor from the department is going to investigate how she got infected and who thought amputation was the solution.

"During the investigation it should emerge how the wound developed and how Nosipho was infected.

"Her mother and the doctors and nurses who were in contact with the baby will be interviewed," said Gabashane.

He said that, according to a report compiled by the hospital's management, Nosipho was fed through a needle inserted into a vein.

She was born prematurely last month and was kept in an incubator.

A nurse reportedly left a band around her right thigh and it turned the baby's leg "yellowish".

Nosipho's mother, Pretty Vilakazi, was told that her baby's leg would have to be amputated.

After several enquiries were ignored by the hospital, Sowetan contacted the Department of Health.

The department ordered the hospital to reconsider the amputation until it was satisfied that no other solution was available.

On hearing about the latest development, Vilakazi said: "I am relieved that her leg will not be amputated, I was scared.

"I am looking forward to the day when we are discharged from this hospital."


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