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Moot child dies in mother’s arms after 9-hour wait at state hospital

Kleeshay Stuurman said she had to wait for nine hours, with her two-year-old, Zoedene, before being assisted by doctors last Tuesday.

A mother from the Moot is heartbroken, saying her toddler died in her arms while she was waiting at the Tshwane district hospital.

The Jan Niemand Park mother, Kleeshay Stuurman, alleged that she had to wait for nine hours with two-year-old Zoedene before being assisted by doctors last Tuesday, said family spokesperson Virginia Keppler.

“On Tuesday morning Kleeshay took her daughter to the Eersterust clinic when she fell ill,” Keppler said.

“There, a doctor attended to her child and said it seemed like her lungs had collapsed.

“The doctor placed her on oxygen while notifying the ambulance and Tshwane district hospital of the urgency of the matter.”

When they arrived at the Tshwane district hospital, Kleeshay said, a doctor performed a sonar scan on Zoedene.

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“Kleeshay said she then had to wait for nine hours before being assisted further,” Keppler said.

“The mother says she asked and pleaded for help several times, especially after noticing that her daughter was getting weaker throughout the day.”

Later that evening, after 20:45, Zoedene thought her daughter died.

“Kleeshay thought her baby had died in her arms because she turned blue and cold,” Keppler said.

“My daughter looked at me and said ‘Mommy, mommy’ before she smiled,” said Kleeshay.

“I think that was the moment she blew out her last breath.”

However, a nurse allegedly rushed over and took the child to an emergency room, Keppler said.

“They were busy with the child for a while,” she added.

“We cannot say for certain if the child was dead or not, but according to Kleeshay’s knowledge, she thought her baby had already died.”

Kleeshay said the doctor asked to see her shortly afterwards and notified her that her daughter had died.

“They said they were sorry, but it was too late for that. It is unacceptable that something like this happened,” Keppler said.

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“The mother followed the rules – she first took her daughter to her local clinic, upon which she was referred to the hospital.”

Kleeshay said Zoedene had been sickly for the past three months and was being treated for it.

“She was still fine on Sunday and Monday, but on Tuesday, she suddenly fell ill,” Kleeshay said.

“When I noticed, I immediately reacted.”

A private service was held on Friday to bid farewell to Zoedene. She will be cremated next week.

Rekord sent an enquiry to the hospital for comment, but they had not replied at the time of going to press.

Kleeshay Stuurman at her daughter’s casket. Photo: Kayla van Petegem
Zoedene Stuurman’s casket. Photo: Kayla van Petegem
Kleeshay Stuurman saying goodbye to her daughter. Photo: Kayla van Petegem
Kleeshay Stuurman. Photo: Kayla van Petegem
Kleeshay Stuurman crying over the loss of her daughter. Photo: Kayla van Petegem
Kleeshay Stuurman saying goodbye to her daughter. Photo: Kayla van Petegem
Kleeshay Stuurman crying over the loss of her daughter. Photo: Kayla van Petegem
Kleeshay Stuurman at her daughter’s casket. Photo: Kayla van Petegem

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