Mamelodi hospital nurses refused to help pregnant Zimbabwean, child dies

A newborn baby died after the nurses refused to assist a pregnant woman at Mamelodi Hospital.

Theresa Ngwendu, 30, rushed to hospital with her husband, Tinashe Zisani, 31. She started bleeding in the taxi, so they went to the closest hospital to their rented backroom in Nellmapius, across the railway line from Mamelodi.

The Zimbabwean woman stated her water broke inside the maternity ward at around 6am. However, the nurses refused to help Ngwendu, as she was not a South African citizen by saying “this is not Zimbabwe”.

“My baby came out while I was standing after the nurse refused to assist me. I was in pain while also bleeding,” Ngwendu claimed.

Her firstborn hit the floor falling down headfirst and died.

Hospital’s CEO Dr Terrence Makhudu stated the investigation has been launched.

“We met the family… to afford them an opportunity to present their concerns and unhappiness with the service rendered and to redress the matter,” he advised.

According to Zisani, one of the senior nurses at the hospital claimed their baby had already been dead before birth but the grieving parents do not believe it. There is an indentation on the newborn’s forehead clearly showing what caused death.

“The body was taken to a government mortuary for a postmortem, and we are still awaiting results thereof,” police spokesperson Capt Johannes Maheso confirmed.

An inquest has been opened with the Mamelodi East police station.

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