A nurse at Mamelodi Hospital, east of Pretoria refuse to attend to a woman who was in labor, and that led to the woman giving birth while standing.
Theresa Ngwendu, 30-year-old lady who was the victim stated that she was rushed to the hospital when she was in labor, and her water broke inside the maternity ward at about 6am, but the nurse refuse to attend to her, told her “this is not Zimbabwe”.
She put to birth while standing and the baby landed forcefully on the floor, head first on the hospital ground and was declared dead by one of the nursing staffs.
Ngwendu said; “When i got inside the maternity ward, I told the nurse that I’m in pain, she just ignored me.”
“I told her again that I’m in pain and I think my baby is coming. The nurse said; ‘close your leg and go there,”
“My baby came out while I was standing after the nurse refused to assist me. I was in pain while also bleeding.”
Dr Terrence Makhudu, the hospital’s CEO said that he looked at the allegations in a very serious view and has also launched an investigation.
“We met the family, to afford them an opportunity to present their concerns and unhappiness with the service rendered and to rendress the matter.”
“The hospital gave an explanation relating to the condition that lead to the death of their baby but the parents were not satisfied.”
“I cannot disclose that information as it goes against doctor patient confidentiality.” He said
Tinashe Zisani 31, Husband to the victim stated that he was looking forward to welcoming their first child until one of the nurses told them that the baby was already dead before birth.
Same incident has happened in the hospital before last month, when the Guateng department launched an inquiry after an heavily pregnant woman came to the hospital when she was in labor but was turned away by the nurses, and she had to give birth at the gates of the facility.
Police Spokesperson, Capt Johannes Maheso also confirmed that an investigation is currently going on at the Mamelodi East police station.
“The body was taken to a government mortuary for a postmortem, and we are still awaiting result thereof,” Maheso said.