Girl’s family to file for hospital negligence
Seven-year-old Annamarie Tewitz died at the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Johannesburg.
JOHANNESBURG - A post-mortem on a seven-year-old girl who died following allegations of hospital negligence has been completed but the results are not yet public.
AnnaMarie Tewitz died at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital over the weekend.
The seven-year-old's mother, Christa Tewitz, says her daughter died of lung complications.
She says AnnaMarie went untreated for over 10 days and a case of negligence is being filed.
The family confirmed AnnaMarie died of lung complications.
Family spokesperson Sharon O'Neil said Tewitz's lung complications were never dealt with.
"They [doctors] had opened up her mouth and I was pulling the phlegm out of her mouth. I had to call the nurse who was sleeping at the front desk."
While X-rays showed that there was fluid on AnnaMarie's lungs when she was rushed to hospital, she was only treated for lung complications hours before she died on Saturday.
Her mother told Eyewitness News AnnaMarie was cancer-free when she died.
"The doctors had no idea what they were doing and I hold them responsible because they killed my child."
The hospital says it will only comment once the investigation is complete.