Probe into newborn’s death after mother ’sent to another hospital with umbilical cord still attached’

From: Independent Online, 06 April 2021

The provincial health department has committed to launching an investigation following the death of a newborn baby amid allegations of negligence by medical staff. This comes after Nerina Swartz, 37, from Elsies River, was allegedly turned away at Elsies River Day Hospital, where she said a midwife obstetric unit (MOU) nurse referred her to Tygerberg Hospital with her premature baby still attached to her umbilical cord. The baby died after she arrived at Tygerberg Hospital. Provincial health spokesperson Mark van der Heever said they would also be cooperating with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), which has been alerted to the matter.


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