PRETORIA : Nontobeko Shongwe, 21, alleges she was hospitalized to Pretoria’s Steve Biko Academic Hospital in November last year for nine days. She has previously been in and out of hospitals due to issues with her left knee.
She claims that Dr. Faleye botched her surgery and forced her to have her leg amputated after he sliced her veins by accident, causing her to bleed severely.
She claims the amputation also stopped her from writing her extra matric exam in 2021, preventing her from continuing her accounting and auditing studies at a higher education school.
Shongwe spoke to the media yesterday about her ordeal.
“I went to the Kanini Clinic in Matsulu, Mpumalanga, on May 25 last year because I was suffering soreness in my knee,” she stated.
After a minor operation, Shongwe was directed to Barberton Hospital for an X-ray scan, which indicated she had a malignancy called Synovial Sarcoma, and she was transferred to Rob Ferreira Hospital for more investigations, according to Shongwe.
She was referred to the Steve Biko Academic Hospital for surgery once more.
“I was informed at the hospital that I would be having a second operation on my knee to correct the original operation.
“The procedure began at 12 p.m. on November 17, but when I awoke, my left leg was severed.
“I was saddened since it wasn’t what I had expected… and I didn’t get any explanation about why my leg was amputated before or after the operation.”
Shongwe also claims that nurses mistreated her after she refused to be discharged without an explanation for why her leg was amputated.
On November 26, “Dr Faleye” finally told her why he had amputated her leg. He apologized and said that he had mistakenly cut off the blood supply veins, resulting in severe blood loss. As a result, he made the medical decision to amputate my leg in order to preserve my life,” Shongwe explained.
“In the circumstances of the exposition, it is evident there is an admission by Dr Faleye of severe negligence and irresponsible medical professional behavior,” Shongwe’s lawyer, Godrich Gardee, stated.
Shongwe, according to Gardee, is now depressed. “In the circumstances, we are ordered to demand R50 million in general and specific damages compensation,” he wrote.
The agency had 60 days to pay up, according to the letter.
“Our legal unit will verify the documents and establish whether such a summons has been received,” department spokeswoman Kwara Kekana said.