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'Negligence' cost twins their lives

By unknown | Feb 26, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Alex Matlala

Alex Matlala

Mapitso Mathumu of Mogodu village in Senwabarwana, cries every time she sees an ambulance, a nurse or a doctor.

She could not hold back her tears this week when a Sowetan team visited her home. She misses her twins so much, and the pain of losing them is so intense that she struggles to talk about them. Her twin sons died soon after she gave birth at Helene Franz Hospital in Limpopo on February 1.

But what really upsets her is that she had pleaded with the nurses for help when she was in labour, but they allegedly ignored her, catching up on weekend gossip instead.

Mathumu, pictured, went to the hospital at about 6am while in labour two Sundays ago. But she had to wait for 14 hours before she could be helped.

"At about 2.30pm my water broke and I called the nurses for help. They ignored me. They were busy updating each other about what had happened over the weekend. None of them bothered to help me. I fell to the ground and gave birth all by myself. One of the babies was stillborn. That's when one of the nurses came to me and offered to help."

Mathumu, a mother of two, told Sowetan she was still weighing up her options as to whether or not to sue the department of health. Since the beginning of this month, Sowetan has been investigating conditions at the hospital, which serves Blouberg and the surrounding villages.


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