A North West woman wants compensation from the provinvial Department of Health after losing her twin babies at a public clinic in what she believes could have been prevented.
The 26-year-old Refilwe Bantsejang blamed nurses at Madibogopan Clinic near Mahikeng for negligence that she said resulted in the death of her babies.
Bantsejang said she has been attending antenatal sessions at the same clinic and believes more could have been done to save her babies.
“I have been attending antenatal classes at Madibogopan clinic, but the clinic was not able to assist me. I had water coming out, which they dismissed as a normal discharge that pregnant women are expected to have. The problem persisted and I suggested being transferred to a hospital and I was told that I was panicking over nothing as everything seemed fine.
“I went back when I experienced pains and was also bleeding, but I was sent back home again. Then I experienced labour pains around 4am. I went to the clinic and just when I arrived at the gate I prematurely delivered my baby. I was taken inside the clinic for cleansing, that is when I experienced more labour pains and the nurse that was assisting me realized then that it was another baby coming out. I didn’t even know that I was carrying twins the entire time I was going for check-ups at the clinic,” Bantsejang said.
She said even the nurses were clueless about her expecting more than one baby.
“The nurses also did not know that I was pregnant with twins. I really believe that if the nurses at the clinic did not ignore me when I told them what I was experiencing my babies would not have died. They would be alive right now. I would have been a mother of twins, but unfortunately they died. So I want compensation for the ordeal I went through,” she told Newsnote.
Following his visit to the family on Monday, North West Health MEC Madoda Sambatha told the media that preliminary reports do not show any wrongdoing on the part of the clinic.
“There's no indication of any wrongdoing on the part of those that responded and helped her on face value. But remember death at a facility procedurally has to be investigated. It is even worse if it is the death of a child during birth or the death of a mother whilst delivering. So we will wait for that report to tell us the medical condition of the delivered twins,” Sambatha said.
The MEC apologized to the Bantsejang family and said the department would provide professional counselling for their loss.