‘Hospital negligence’ victim to be laid to rest

AnnaMarie Tewitz, 7, died from a collapsed lung at the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital on Saturday.

FILE: A seven-year-old cancer patient who died at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, amid allegations of negligence, will be laid to rest today in Boksburg. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - A seven-year-old girl who died at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital amid allegations of negligence will be laid to rest in Boksburg on Thursday.

AnnaMarie Tewitz died from a collapsed lung on Saturday.

Her family is taking legal action against the hospital, claiming surgeons did not do enough to save her life.

The girl's mother, Christa Tewitz, will on Wednesday say goodbye to her daughter at a funeral service at the Freeway Bible Church in the East Rand suburb.

Christa says she is still outraged as she believes surgeons at the facility were negligent.

Post-mortem results were released to the family on Monday but they only revealed that the girl died of lung complications.

AnnaMarie apparently went untreated for 10 days.

Hospital management said they wouldn't release the pot-mortem results, pending an investigation.

Neurosurgery head Doctor John Omar on Wednesday denied any wrongdoing on the hospital's part.

"We assure all concerned we have actively taken the utmost care and vigilance. There was never any question of negligence."

Earlier this week, Tewitz said she had to fight with surgeons to treat her daughter's obvious lung problem.

She claimed AnnaMarie stopped breathing before she was attended to.

"These are doctors who don't have a clue about what they are doing," Christa said.