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By unknown | Apr 15, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mfundekelwa Mkhulisi

Mfundekelwa Mkhulisi

The mother of a nine-day-old infant is blaming Chris Hani-Baragwanath hospital after her child was injured during birth.

Thuli Tshabalala said her baby boy was injured by a "negligent and arrogant nurse" who delivered the baby.

"I was alone when I felt that the baby was coming and I screamed for the nurse to come and help me," she said.

The 37-year-old mother from Orlando West, Soweto, said the nurse came after a few minutes and told her to "start pushing".

"I pushed once and the nurse said 'good the baby is out and it is a boy' while showing him to me."

She said when she looked at the baby, she realised that his left side of the forehead was depressed.

"The nurse shouted at me saying I had I injured my baby. I was surprised because I did what she told me to do," the distressed mother said.

Tshabalala, a first-time mother, said she suspected the nurse grabbed the baby hard and her thumb pressed the forehead.

She said the nurse's name was Hilda.

When she complained to the doctor who examined the baby the following day, he told her "it is not my problem"

"'I am not the one who delivered the baby and there is nothing I can do,'" she said the doctor said before he discharged her.

Gauteng health spokesman Zanele Mngadi told Sowetan that she would investigate the matter


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