Public hospital botched a patient


“I first noticed the growing lump on sight left in my eyes in August last year and it is grows bigger daily. And it turned into a sizeable growth by the beginning of the year, I visited Rethabile clinic for sought medical help and they referred me to Mankweng hospital.  

“On the 13th of February 2019, it took the entire day for me to have a patient file opened, and I had to return the next day because it was already late,” Daniel Lelagane story, who has become an outcast, is no longer sociable and is becoming partially blind.

Daniel said on the following day he underwent a CT scan and shortly afterwards he was informed that his file had gone missing. Daniel said he did not believe that his file is missing and he was given all the files at reception to search for his file.

He said he took some hours looking for his file but it was unfortunate, he couldn’t find it.

“I was exhausted and told myself I would just have to bear with this lump since no one was assisting me. I was encouraged by my employer to try again to be assisted.

“I returned to Mankweng hospital, I was advised to pay another administration fee. I also had to buy drinks for receptionist to secure this consultation. Then I went for CT scan again on the 15th July 2019 and I was told that the results would take four business days.” said Daniel.

He said on the day of results he waited the doctor for almost six hours and when the doctor arrived he said the need to schedule a biopsy but the doctor didn’t give me the outcome of the scan.

The procedure was scheduled and done on the 01 August 2019 and, upon returning back at 8 o’clock in the morning to receive the results as promised, nothing was received. In the meantime, Daniel said he no longer enjoys the freedom to appear in public, since he has become a laughing stock. My girlfriend could not handle the shame and embarrassment of being with me, he said.

Provincial spokesperson Neil Shikwambana said investigations are underway.  

Thapelo Motseo

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