Two nurses are facing suspension after the body of a stillborn baby mysteriously vanished. The incident occurred at Witbank Hospital in Mpumalanga.
Cynthia Sibanyoni suffered from hypertension, when she was wheeled into theatre for a C-Section on Friday 11 December, at 35 weeks pregnant, she was aware that her baby would not survive.
Mpumalanga provincial health department spokesperson, Dumisani Malamule said that the nurses were unable to provide an explanation for what had happened to the baby’s body.
The family was given the wrong body
TimesLIVE reported that in a statement by the department, Malamule said, “The foetus was then kept at the hospital over the weekend. On Monday, December 14, the woman and her family visited the hospital to request the foetus for burial, but they could not be assisted.
“They were told to come back on Tuesday but on their return still could not be assisted. Instead, they were given the wrong body.”
The distraught mother told SABC News that the incident has intensified the trauma of losing her baby, she said, “My baby was missing and they didn’t explain how he was missing. They were doing a runaround, not saying anything. They made a mistake by putting the baby in that fridge and they did not take him out the following day.
“The person who was supposed to take out the corpse forgot and they left the corpse until Monday. The hospital agreed that they made that mistake, the baby that they showed me is not fully developed and an eight months baby is supposed to be fully grown.”
The family has opened a criminal case
Provincial Health J MEC Sasekani Manzini told the publication that he wishes to assure the community that he had already spoken to the family and that the investigation in terms of what really happened is underway.
He further confirmed that the two officials will be suspended. He conveyed his condolences to the family and the community of Emalahleni.
Manzini told the community that he would keep them informed of the outcome of the investigation.