The Limpopo Province MEC for Health has been ordered to pay Over R28.5 million for the damage done to a 5-year-old boy who suffered extensive injury during birth.
The 5-year-old Brandon du Preez was said to have sustained the injury when his mother was left unattended to by the nurses of FH Odendaal Hospital – a provincial hospital in Modimolle on November 3, 2008.
Du Preez’s mother, Susanna du Preez laid the blame of her child’s health condition on the doctors and nurses at this provincial hospital, who she said were negligent in taking care of her and the then unborn baby
The high court in Pretoria was told that Brandon du Preez would never recover and would need a round-the-clock caregiver as he cannot now, and will not in future, be able to help himself with anything.
To this, the high court in Pretoria ordered that the Province MEC for Health pay for the damage caused to the account of a lawyer appointed as a curator to the child. The money will also go towards his future medical care.
More to this, experts who submitted medical and other reports to the court proving the said damage, will also be paid from the R28.5m and about R262 000 will go to the child’s great-grandmother and her friend for taking care of Brandon’s needs since he was born up to the present while a professional caregiver will be employed to take the burden off the family.
Though the hospital denied any negligence on its part, Judge Bill Prinsloo held it liable for the damages claimed.
Further report pointing fingers to the hospital also showed that Susanna du Preez was placed by the hospital to deliver her baby under emergency cesarean section but Susanna said she was left alone by the doctors and nurses for almost a whole day.
she was found in her hospital bed where she was busy giving birth and Brandon was born soon afterwards as a cerebral palsied baby.