Thabo (37), from Katlehong in Ekurhuleni, said when he and his mother took Lerato to Natalspruit Hospital to give birth at the beginning of the month, she was fine. But 10 days later she was dead.
“She was admitted and we were told by nurses to return the next day. But the next day she had bruises all over her body and her face was swollen,” said Thabo.
“Lerato said she couldn’t remember what happened, but nurses said she had fallen down the stairs. She just kept getting worse.” When Thabo went to the matron’s office he was told his sister had eclampsia, a condition which causes high blood pressure in pregnant women. After he lodged a complaint, Lerato was moved to the ICU.
Zandi Mhlope, Lerato’s sister, said a week after she was admitted, the doctor explained the condition to the family and Lerato was transferred to Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto.
Zandi said the doctor who travelled with Lerato to the hospital said she was fine but a few days later, she died. Simon Zwane of the Gauteng Health Department said Lerato received all the necessary care.
“She had a fit in the assessment area of the hospital. She was seen by the doctor and diagnosed with eclampsia. Tests confirmed that she had kidney and liver failure. Her death, just like all other maternal deaths, was referred to a specialised committee for further investigation.”