Second child dead after being turned away from Lenasia clinic
Last month two children died after after security guards denied them access to the 24-hour facility.
JOHANNESBURG - Just weeks after the death of a three-week-old baby outside a Lenasia clinic, it has now emerged that another child has died, allegedly after being turned away by security guards at the same facility.
Last month, five-year-old Vincent Mabitwa's father rushed him to the Lenasia South Clinic after he sustained a serious head injury after falling on a large rock while playing. He was told the facility was too full and that doctors had already left. The boy later died at a private clinic.
In the same month, three-week-old Queen Elizabeth Sebitso died outside the same 24-hour facility after security guards turned her mother away claiming no doctors were on duty.
Mabitwa's father, Steven Motsumi, said he often wondered if his son would still be alive had he been treated sooner.
"I still can't believe what happened; it's hard for me to stop thinking about it."
He said guards also claimed nurses on duty had instructed them to admit only pregnant women that evening.