Woman sues for R2m over botched operations

Mahikeng - A Rietspruit woman is suing the North West health MEC for nearly R2m for allegedly bungled cervical operations, The Star reported on Friday.

"The claim comprises... past and future medical, hospital and related treatment, past and future loss of earnings/earning capacity, and general damages for pain and suffering," Jean-Paul Rudd of law firm Adams & Adams was quoted as saying.

In 2009, Catherine Mokale had a pain in her abdomen. She was told by a gynaecologist that she had cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) III and her womb needed to be removed.

CIN refers to changes in the cervix that may or may not be precursors to cervical cancer.


She had a hysterectomy and two years later began feeling pains again. She went for a check-up and was told she had cysts on her ovaries.

An operation was done in 2012 and a "pad was left inside me", she told the newspaper.

Soon after Mokale began experiencing a stench coming from her genitals and had problems urinating. She manually removed the swab.

Mokale filed a complaint at the hospital and was called for a meeting. She was not satisfied with the outcome and approached the public protector.

Another meeting was scheduled with the hospital and she was told her file was lost and they could not perform another operation with a new file.

Mokale works as a casual worker at Pick n Pay and supports her son and her disabled parents.

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Tapiwa Makwavarara 2014/08/08 10:47:36 AM
No way
Maphoka Mokutle 2014/08/08 11:01:26 AM
David Van Schalkwyk 2014/08/08 11:07:18 AM
South African health care proudly brought to you by the ANC... Keep voting loyal ANC people, keep voting.... LOLOLOLOLOL
Padaman Mapantsula 2014/08/08 11:22:12 AM
This is why you'll never see me at a hospital, exercise people.Exercise!!!
ReaperAJ 2014/08/08 11:42:48 AM
I don't laugh at the reality of those who can't afford med aid. I've been down that road a few times. My mom relies on a government hospital for her heart condition. Of course it's better than nothing, but I would expect our governments to run those hospitals better and provide a better budget towards their upkeep and running. It's a damned shame that people have to rely on hospitals that don't even look hygienic on the surface.
Johan Steyn265 2014/08/08 12:31:41 PM
This sounds fishy?? But anyway you get what you vote for don't kry now
Benedict Mahlangu 2014/08/08 03:07:40 PM
The hatred for ANC is crippling common sense. One slice does not a loaf of bread make. The bad far outweighs the positive stories and they should also be told. For the record my aunt is suing a private hospital( supposed to be the best in their field) for a botched operation
Rolls Rolivhuwa Roseline Mudau 2014/08/08 04:40:38 PM
The doctors n nurses were so negligence in this case
Iuliana Butucel Moosa 2014/08/08 04:45:19 PM
I give birth to 3 children in government hospital last one through a emergency C section. All my kids wore fine and my last baby's life was saved because the Dr reacted in less then 15MIN. So please don't put all hospital's in one pot. Somerset hospital Cape Town . Thank you!!!!!
Nita Jacobs 2014/08/08 04:57:34 PM
What a horrible experience. This poor woman! operations are stressful enough and then to have negligence like that... geez