South Africa 19.4.2016 02:36 pm

KZN family receive mum’s postmorterm results

Photo: Thinkstock.

Photo: Thinkstock.

The young mother died while giving birth and doctors could not save the life of her unborn baby.

The young widower of woman, who died while giving birth at the RK Khan Hospital in Croftdene last month plans to sue the Department of Health after receiving the post mortem results of his wife.

27-year-old Faik Modicka claimed hospital staff were negligent and mistook her breathing problems for labour, Rising Sun Chatsworth reported.

At 38 weeks into her pregnancy, Emelda Modicka died while giving birth and doctors could not save the life of her unborn baby.

More than a month later, Modicka said the family’s suspicions were accurate and the post-mortem results released to the family by a private pathologist revealed that his wife died as a consequence of a misplaced endotracheal tube.

“She also had an allergic reaction to the painkiller, Pethidine. Water then filled her lungs and the hospital’s medical staff tried to resuscitate her, but misplaced the endotracheal tube in her oesophagus and not in her wind pipe,” he added.

“I am the attorney instructed in the matter and we are consulting with the medical experts with regards to the way forward. I will release an official statement regarding more details during the course of the week,” Preggie Naidoo, who has been appointed as the family’s attorney, said.

Modicka now wants justice for his wife and unborn child.

“I still cannot believe that I will have to live the rest of my life without her. Whoever was responsible for her death and the death of my innocent unborn child must be held accountable,” he added.

Read More: Family await young mum’s postmortem results

– Caxton News Service

 

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