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Staff tried stopping patient from reporting horror death

A mother watched her baby die while nurses allegedly ignored her cries for help.

FILE. Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu said an investigation has been launched into what happened at the ward and whether the nurses are guilty of what they’ve been accused of. Picture: freeimages.com.

JOHANNESBURG - A patient who witnessed how a mother watched her baby die while nurses allegedly ignored her cries for help, has said senior staff members at the Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital tried to stop her from reporting the matter.

The mother went into premature labour but nurses apparently refused to assist her, and told her to stop crying.

The Gauteng Health Department has launched an investigation and three nurses are facing disciplinary hearings.

Stephanie Dyker was in the same ward when the incident happened, and immediately posted a Facebook message of how she was utterly disgusted by the nurses' behaviour.

Dyker said she was later called in by senior staff and asked to remove the post.

"It was the matron. She called me to her office to ask me if I think what I'd done is right, and I asked what I'd done, and she showed me my Facebook post."

She told investigators she believes the woman was targeted because she was from Zimbabwe.

"In my report I also wrote that I believe it was something xenophobic."

Dyker is still in contact with the mother who said she still has nightmares of how her baby died.

WATCH: Reporter Mia Lindeque tells 702's John Robbie how patients described to _ EWN _ scenes of horror as nurses at the Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital apparently ignored the cries of a woman who went into premature labour and lost her baby.

THREE NURSES

Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu said the nurses not only allegedly ignored her cries, but also failed to follow basic procedures regarding regular checkups.

"The nurses had written in the records that she needed to be given a two hour check, which was not done, and that is really highly regrettable. We could have made the stay of the patient relatively bearable."

Mahlangu said she'll make sure those responsible are dealt with appropriately.

The three nurses first need to attend a disciplinary hearing where they will have an opportunity to defend themselves.

The department said the nurses have not been suspended yet and are still at work.

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