First On EWN: Health Dept faces legal action after 2 babies born with disabilities
Two women say their babies were born with cerebral palsy because of medical negligence.
JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News has learnt at least two Soweto women are suing the Health Department after giving birth to babies with cerebral palsy, allegedly because of medical negligence at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.
The women claim nurses were careless during labour, and as a result their children were born with severe disabilities.
Asanda Maduna lives in a shack in Protea with her husband and their three young children.
Her first born daughter, aged 12, requires 24-hour care after being born with cerebral palsy at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.
Maduna showed Eyewitness News her medical file, which shows that her daughter suffered from asphyxia, meaning she was deprived of oxygen as a newborn for long enough to cause physical harm.
Maduna says it's impossible for her to work as she cannot afford to hire help and has to care for her daughter herself.
"It's painful because I can't work. I have to stay here at home with her. I have to make do with the grant money and living in a shack, this makes it worse."
At the same time, Dobsonville grandmother Mapula Mavhunga says her granddaughter was also born with cerebral palsy at the same facility and the child's mother is taking legal action.
"I arrived at Bara and found two doctors who told me that their staff were in the wrong. My granddaughter was deprived with natural oxygen during birth."
Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu says medical negligence is a countrywide problem that has been a major concern for the department for years.
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