Brain-damaged baby case settled for R14m

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A harrowing almost 24-hours in labour and a seizure caused by a life-threatening complication were what a Durban mother had to endure when she went to a government clinic to give birth to her baby girl, says a report in The Mercury. Her child was born severely brain-damaged in 2009 and will have to rely on others for the rest of her life.

The woman sued the Health MEC for damages as she claimed that staff at an Inanda clinic and Mahatma Gandhi Hospital had been negligent. The matter was set down for trial in the KZN High Court (Pietermaritzburg) as the KZN Health Department had denied any wrongdoing and said the mother and child had been given proper care.

But the matter was recently settled. Friedman and Associates, the mother’s law firm, said in terms of the court order, the department was ordered to pay R14m to the mother, and her legal costs. The court also directed that a trust be set up in the child’s name and that the department pay the trustees’ remuneration.

Full report in The Mercury

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