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Special unit to probe case of young cancer survivor

A Germiston mother alleges she had to fight a Johannesburg hospital to get help for her daughter.

Annamarie Tewitz. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Health Department is now investigating a Johannesburg hospital after a Germiston mother of a seven-year-old who is in a critical condition claimed she had to fight the hospital to get help for her daughter.

While Annamarie Tewitz spent the majority of this year in hospital fighting cancer, her mother Christa says she has spent the year battling with surgeons to attend to her daughter.

On Saturday the little girl received emergency surgery after she was once again admitted to hospital after she began having fits which her mother says was caused by a surgery done last Sunday.

"I actually went in there and they called me a crazy mommy."

Tewitz has told Eyewitness News that it was always a battle to get the surgeons to even see her daughter, saying she had to lodge formal complaints before surgeons acted.

Gauteng Health Department spokesperson Prince Hamnca says the matter will now be referred to a special unit for investigation.

"The matter has been brought to our attention. We are going to refer it to our quality assurance team who will investigate the matter."

The child was diagnosed with brain cancer in February this year just two weeks after she started grade 1.

She is now in remission after undergoing chemotherapy and surgery.

However, she was admitted to hospital on Friday after suffering from seizures.

The little girl is in a critical condition in intensive care unit (ICU) after another operation was done yesterday to fix last Sunday's shunt.

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