Misconduct Suspected in Elsies River Baby Death

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An Elsies River mother says her newborn baby would have been alive and well today if she wasn’t turned away from the Elsies River Day Hospital. Nerina Swartz gave birth to a baby girl at home earlier this month and was rushed to the day hospital by a neighbour because the ambulance took more than an hour to arrive. Upon arrival at the medical facility closest to her, she and her neighbour tried to get assistance at three of the entrances.

Eventually, a nurse came to the car and looked at the baby saying it needs oxygen and the day hospital does not have it. Swartz adds that no vital checks were done, and despite there being ambulances on the hospital premises, she was turned away with her neighbour. The baby later died at Tygerberg hospital shortly after the umbilical cord was cut.

Guest: Monitor for the SA Human Rights Commission Imraahn Mukaddam


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