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Hospital promises probe after cancer survivor's death

Mother alleges neglect after seven-year-old AnnaMarie Tewitz died at the Charlotte Maxeke hospital.

FILE: Annamarie Tewitz has passed away. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - A seven-year-old girl passed away at the Charlotte Maxeke hospital on Sunday morning, with her mother claiming doctors have been negligent.

AnnaMarie Tewitz was in remission after suffering a brain tumour but was readmitted to hospital after Christmas.

The child's mother says she is taking legal action against the hospital, claiming surgeons failed to attend to her child.

The hospital says it will respond after an investigation.

Christa Tewitz says her little girl always had a smile on her face, even when faced with ventilator tubes and surgery after surgery.

She says AnnaMarie, who spent most of last year fighting cancer in Charlotte Maxeke hospital, was rushed back to hospital following several seizures.

"These are doctors who don't have a clue what they are doing and they are killing people. I hold them responsible because they have killed my child," Christa told Eyewitness News .

The little girl had been suffering from lung and brain complications and her mother says she will now take legal action.

The Health Department says it must first establish what happened before responding to the allegations against the hospital.

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