According to reports, a two-week-old baby now has an amputated hand.

This happened after the baby was hospitalized for diarrhoea. The baby was then put on an IV and now the hand had to be amputated after it turned green.

The report states that it is suspected that the infusion was not monitored during the time the child was in the hospital.

According to the report, the child was admitted to Bernice Samuel Hospital in Delmas on March 30.

It was admitted after the mother complained that it had diarrhoea. Officials then put the baby on an IV and the next day the baby’s hand turned green.

Since there are no specialists at the rural Delmas Hospital, she was transported to Witbank Hospital and the specialists tried to save the hand, but unfortunately, there was nothing they could do and the hand was amputated.

This was confirmed by the Prime Minister of Mpumalanga, Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane, who said;

“We have to admit where we have made mistakes, we cannot duck away. There is a kind of negligence that occurred in the hospital and we are saying if we don’t condemn that as a government, nobody else will either,” she said.

Mtshweni-Tsipane took the opportunity to assure the family that a thorough investigation would be conducted and counselling was also offered to the family.