A mother, with the help of her parents, is suing the Gauteng Health MEC for R3.5m in damages after one of her twins died in an incubator, says a Pretoria News report.

The mother said in papers before the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) that she was rushed to the Kalafong Hospital in Atteridgeville in May 2015. She was admitted to the emergency room where a Caesarean section was performed.

Four days after their birth and while they were still in the hospital, the babies fell ill.

She said they were then placed in a single incubator.

‘Doctors told the nurses to separate the twins and place them into two separate incubators, but the doctors’ orders were not followed,’ she stated.

The mother said a few days later she went to feed the babies in the early hours of the morning.

‘I discovered that one of the twins was squeezed by the other twin against the incubator.’

She said she called the nurse on duty, who ‘reluctantly’ came to the nursery. The mother said by this time she had already taken the child out of the incubator and saw that it was not breathing.

The case was removed from the roll by Judge Natvarlal Ranchod as it was not ready to proceed.

Full Pretoria News report