Inside Joburg's hospital of death

schumi

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Johannesburg - After shocking revelations that nearly 400 babies died at a Gauteng hospital last year, further claims of alleged negligence surfaced when a new mother described how she was “left unattended” in the labour ward, with a ruptured membrane.

Veaan Crawford said on Tuesday that carelessness and negligence had led to her baby, Abdul Malik Crawford, dying on July 26 2019 at Joburg’s Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital, where 385 patients died due to alleged negligence in 2018, according to Gauteng health MEC Bandile Masuku.

Veaan, 23, said she arrived at the Rahima Moosa Hospital on July 11, with a ruptured membrane. She said she was made to wait “in a pool of water, with liquid leaking from my vagina like a tap”, before giving birth prematurely eight days later.

At 30 weeks, Veaan’s baby was 10 weeks premature. She said she eventually gave birth on July 19, under unbearable conditions in a packed labour ward, with women who were there to be induced.

“I was in excruciating pain, with no one assisting me.

“At 8.25pm, my contractions were unbearable and I felt my baby pushing - I was screaming and screaming, but there was no response.

“By the time the nurse got to me, my son was half way out, and the nurse just said: ‘What now?’

“I said she should examine the birth canal. She went to get gloves and told me my baby was coming.

“I gave birth right there in the induction ward, which was icy cold,” Veaan said. Malik Abdul was wrapped in a sheet and taken to ward 16 in the hospital, she said.

“Only about 20 minutes later did a doctor arrive to ask for my consent to put the baby on a respirator.

“My baby was born with difficulties - he was an emergency case, and they should’ve put him on oxygen immediately,” Veaan said, holding back her tears.

A video clip showed baby Abdul Malik with tubes, and breathing heavily. He was clearly in severe distress, and he was blue.

Veaan said she notified the doctors of her baby’s erratic breathing, but was told he would be fine.

But on July 25, baby Abdul Malik was sent to the neo-natal intensive care unit, where her parents had to switch off his life support the next day.

“I was told he was sent to ICU, because his breathing was irregular. But that was exactly what I had told the doctors the previous day.”
More at : https://www.iol.co.za/the-star/news/inside-joburgs-hospital-of-death-41643274
 

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There's just no care, that's the problem the government just doesn't care for it's people. I feel for those people, losing a child is never easy.
 

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“By the time the nurse got to me, my son was half way out, and the nurse just said: ‘What now?’

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There's just no care, that's the problem the government just doesn't care for it's people. I feel for those people, losing a child is never easy.
To be honest I think its more than just the government these days... people just don't care for each other anymore.... we have morphed into a country of Me Me Me.... and fsck everyone else.
 

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To be honest I think its more than just the government these days... people just don't care for each other anymore.... we have morphed into a country of Me Me Me.... and fsck everyone else.
I've had doctors and nurses care, sure it was 12 years ago when my wife went into Helen Joseph, it was just they lacked what they needed to do their jobs. I'm wondering if this ultimately just jades a person.
 

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I've had doctors and nurses care, sure it was 12 years ago when my wife went into Helen Joseph, it was just they lacked what they needed to do their jobs. I'm wondering if this ultimately just jades a person.
Its just something I've noticed more and more in the last 5 years, that more people just don't give a fsck about anyone else, and when I say that I mean it in a very negative fashion, Its all about ME and fsck you, you will wait until I'm ready or feeling like dealing with you. It is most notable in the public sector yes, but its becoming way more prevalent even in the private sector.
 

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Its just something I've noticed more and more in the last 5 years, that more people just don't give a fsck about anyone else, and when I say that I mean it in a very negative fashion, Its all about ME and fsck you, you will wait until I'm ready or feeling like dealing with you. It is most notable in the public sector yes, but its becoming way more prevalent even in the private sector.
Not just that - in daily life as well. It's not limited to those providing a service. It has permeated everything - people can't even be bothered to move themselves out of the way of someone else anymore. How many people stop in doorways, at the top or bottom of escalators, randomly on the roads and then don't seem to even realise that they are in the way? The concept that you might be inconveniencing someone else is totally foreign these days.

We barely function as a society anymore and while many may point to an inept or failing government as a cause it seems that we South Africans have taken to this mentality like ducks to water.

Basic courtesy and consideration (of any kind) for our fellow man doesn't seem to exist.
 

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Not just that - in daily life as well. It's not limited to those providing a service. It has permeated everything - people can't even be bothered to move themselves out of the way of someone else anymore. How many people stop in doorways, at the top or bottom of escalators, randomly on the roads and then don't seem to even realise that they are in the way? The concept that you might be inconveniencing someone else is totally foreign these days.

We barely function as a society anymore and while many may point to an inept or failing government as a cause it seems that we South Africans have taken to this mentality like ducks to water.

Basic courtesy and consideration (of any kind) for our fellow man doesn't seem to exist.
Oh hundred percent.... Usually people get very upset with me when I kindly ask them to move so I can get through a door or whatever... like I mustn't inconvenience them even though they inconveniencing everyone else.
 

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If Veaan Crawford isn't a South African citizen, that might be the problem
 

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We barely function as a society anymore and while many may point to an inept or failing government as a cause it seems that we South Africans have taken to this mentality like ducks to water.

Basic courtesy and consideration (of any kind) for our fellow man doesn't seem to exist.
I can 100% attest to this especially after spending some time up north in recent weeks

In SA the predominant attitude seems to be "fok that guy" for no other reason than just because
 

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I can 100% attest to this especially after spending some time up north in recent weeks

In SA the predominant attitude seems to be "fok that guy" for no other reason than just because
Totally. While we as a nation delude ourselves into believing in South African exceptionalism the reality is that we are probably one of the least humane societies on earth. The double-think is quite impressive actually.
 
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