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Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Whins­ley Masara

A THREE-WEEK old baby will have her arm am­pu­tated af­ter nurses at Gwanda Pro­vin­cial Hospi­tal al­legedly mu­ti­lated it while try­ing to in­sert a can­nula.

Gan­grene has set in on the baby’s arm and it is giv­ing off a bad smell.

Baby Andile’s mother, Miss Pa­tience Chika­hamadze (25), said that her fam­ily has en­gaged lawyers to rep­re­sent them in de­mand­ing com­pen­sa­tion from the hospi­tal.

Miss Chika­hamadze said Andile was born at the health in­sti­tu­tion on July 22 when she went to visit rel­a­tives in Gwanda. The baby, she said, was ad­mit­ted for rou­tine ob­ser­va­tion on July 29 af­ter she was said to be de­hy­drated.

“We’re dev­as­tated as a fam­ily. Our hap­pi­est mo­ment has turned into a hor­ri­ble night­mare,” she said, hold­ing back tears.

“A PSMAS doc­tor is car­ry­ing out tests on my baby here in Bu­l­awayo. How­ever, we’ve been told the arm is likely to be cut off at the shoul­der.”

Miss Chika­hamadze said she shed tears as she watched nurses prick­ing her daugh­ter all over her arm in a vain at­tempt to in­sert the can­nula as they could not lo­cate a vein to put a drip.

“They pricked my baby on al­most 10 parts of her body and she wailed piteously. When they even­tu­ally forced it in, two pints of fluid were pumped into her arm be­fore the drip stopped flow­ing and her arm be­gan to swell.”

“We tried to tell the nurses on duty that some­thing seemed amiss but they cut us short. They said they knew bet­ter. My baby’s con­di­tion be­gan to de­te­ri­o­rate and she cried a lot in­di­cat­ing she was in pain. Nurses that I won’t men­tion by name turned a deaf ear and in­stead con­cen­trated on their phones.”

Miss Chika­hamadze said Andile’s body tem­per­a­ture shot up to about 40 de­grees.

“The can­nula was stuck on my baby’s arm for over a week, although we could see that the arm was get­ting in­fected. The arm was get­ting de­hy­drated and skin on her whole body be­gan to peel off. Still no one was will­ing to lis­ten to our pleas as they claimed to know bet­ter,” she said sti­fling sobs.

She said baby Andile was even­tu­ally trans­ferred to Mpilo Cen­tral Hospi­tal on Au­gust 8.

“By then she looked like she had been scalded with a hot liq­uid on the arm.

We could tell the baby was feel­ing in­tense pain as she cried cease­lessly. Her fin­gers have be­come shriv­elled and she can’t move them.”

“We know su­ing the hospi­tal will not re­turn our an­gel’s arm but it will be a les­son to other nurses to give full at­ten­tion and ded­i­ca­tion to pa­tients,” she said.

The baby’s grand­mother, Ms Eve­lyne Chika­hamadze, said she could not be­lieve hospi­tal staff had watched while the baby’s con­di­tion de­te­ri­o­rated to the ex­tent that her arm now has to be re­moved.

“We want the world to know how some hospi­tal staff can be cruel be­cause this arm rot­ted and got de­hy­drated right in front of their eyes.

“When deal­ing with hu­man life, ded­i­ca­tion is re­quired and there is no room for ig­no­rance and negligence,” she said.

Mata­bele­land South pro­vin­cial med­i­cal di­rec­tor Dr Brian Maponga said he had re­quested the fam­ily to com­plain in writ­ing to as­sist in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

“I have asked the par­ents to sub­mit a com­plaint de­tail­ing every­thing in writ­ing. I will meet them and I have also asked the hospi­tal to give me an up­date on what tran­spired. Those two re­ports will guide us on the next step,” he said. — @win­nie_­masara.

Baby Andile’s rot­ting arm

Dr Nigel Chanakira

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