The Mpumalanga department of health has dismissed allegations that a 31-year-old woman was left alone to deliver her own baby at a local hospital.
Ester Mnisi claims that nursing staff at Mapulaneng Hospital in Bushbuckridge ignored her pleas for help on Sunday, September 17, when she went into labour.
“It was on Sunday, around six in the morning, when I arrived at the hospital with my family as my water broke.
“We greeted the nurses, but they just kept quiet until we asked why. Their response was that they were tired and had been delivering too many babies on that day.
“They said they were about to wrap up for the seven o’clock shift and that we should wait our turn,” Mnisi said.
The Mpumalanga woman said she could feel the baby coming, but when she told the nurses this, they sent her off to a room.
“I started screaming and begged for them to help me deliver the baby. They dismissed me and said my time to deliver was still far and they left and slamm