Nine centimeter placenta left in mom after birth
15 May 2013, 13:06
Durban, South Africa - A KwaZulu-Natal woman is considering legal action against a state hospital in Durban after doctors left a 9cm-long piece of her placenta and some gauze inside her after the birth of her baby.
Two days later, the placenta fell out and Joanne Kondiah, 28, was told by a gynaecologist that she had a potentially life-threatening infection as a result, reported the Daily News.
Kondiah gave birth to a healthy baby girl at King George V Hospital on Friday afternoon.
Her father, David Kondiah, said he was shocked at how rude the nurses were to his daughter.
He told how less than half an hour after she had delivered her baby normally - and was given 25 stitches - she was made to carry her baby and overnight bag while being wheeled in a wheelchair to her hospital bed.
The nurse wouldn’t let the father help his daughter. “I was angry and told her it was ridiculous for her to expect Joanne to carry the baby and the bag,” said Kondiah.
He told how his daughter’s pain became worse over the weekend following her discharge from hospital and that she was given only Panado for the pain. She also started bleeding heavily.
“This was our first grandchild and it was supposed to have been a joyous occasion. But it turned into a nightmare.
“The least we expect is to be treated like human beings - to be treated with compassion and care. State nurses and doctors get paid to do a job and they should give it their hundred percent. My daughter might have bled to death or suffered from blood poisoning. This type of treatment is not on. Someone needs to answer for this,” he said. “I will be seeking a legal opinion.”
KwaZulu-Natal health department head, Dr Sibongile Zungu, got involved in the case as soon as she became aware of it, arranging for specialist care, and said the matter would be fully investigated.
She said a total of 165 claims had been registered against the department since 2006.