Couple bays for nurse’s blood at St John’s over baby’s death

A young couple in Mzuzu has expressed discontentment with the manner St John’s Hospital management in Mzuzu handled circumstances that led to the untimely death of their first born daughter Michelle on Friday.

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Justice and Tiwonge, 25 and 26 years respectively, say their daughter fell off a hospital bed due to the negligence of a female nurse on duty.

According to Justice Mtonga, the husband, her wife was admitted to the hospital at around 9pm on 28th April after she had started showing labour experiences.

“The following morning at around 7 am I went to check on her but my mother in-law said she had not yet put to bed. I went back home, but just a few minutes after my arrival at around 9 am I received a phone call that Michelle was born.

“I immediately rushed to the hospital to see my daughter as any happy dad would. But upon my arrival at the hospital I was told I could not see my baby as she was on life support machine (oxygen), and when I asked how they said she hit the floor as my wife was trying to climb the bed,” Mtonga told Nyasa Times.

He said the nurse attending to her left her all alone struggling to climb to the top of the bed when time for Tiwonge to deliver the baby had come, and in the process of delivery the baby fell to the floor whilst crying helplessly.

Tiwonge’s mother, Emily Nkhoma, told Nyasa Times that she was at the time outside the labour ward as a guardian but when she heard the baby’s wails she went in only to find her granddaughter lying on the floor and her daughter struggling to pick her up from the floor.

The nurse supposed to be attending to her was nowhere in sight.

Narrated Joseph Mtonga: “My mother-in-law then shouted for help at that is the time when the nurse who was sleeping on the job rushed in and started working on my baby girl. On several occasions I went to the nurses’ offices to report on how my daughter was fairing but they lied she was way too far from giving birth.

“Later around 5pm or thereabout we were told the baby was no more. It pained me because the supposed nurse seemed not to be concerned at all according to my mother-in-law.”

Nkhoma says the nurses said Michelle died due to improper feeding which, as family, they do not agree to. Nyasa Times could not get hold of St John’s Hospital management as the nurses we talked to said they were not in a position to comment on such a matter.


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11 days ago

Try the Hospital Ombudsman. Better still, start a civil claim against the nurse and the hospital. The sooner the better. Thank me later.

Hate it or take it but it's a fact

Very sad , negligence case need to be opened here, sue the hospital for negligence.

12 days ago

This is so sad. There is need for investigation to establish who really was responsible for this

Nambuma Girl
Nambuma Girl
12 days ago

I feel being a Doctor / Nurse is a calling. Please dont join these professions if you are heartless. When the life is lost, its gone forever.

12 days ago

Why do they become nurses in the first place?

John Abruzzi
John Abruzzi
12 days ago

So sad.

Thought nurses are supposed to be caring and loving people but nowadays eish…

12 days ago

Very sad. May her soul rest in peace

Munthu Mulala
Munthu Mulala
12 days ago
  • Very pathetic.I wonder some of these witches are into nursing.Some nurses at Likuni Hospital did nasty things that led to my newly born son’s death.I reported them to nurses council and they were suspended.Report this case to nurses council,they will investigate and bring these foolish nurses to book.
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