A letter of demand has been issued to the Department of Health to pay R7m in damages to the family of a patient at RK Khan Hospital who was found with thousands of maggots in his mouth.

According to a report on the IoL site, a video of Sadek Ebrahim with the maggots in his mouth caused outrage on social media.

Ebrahim had been a patient at the hospital situated in Chatsworth from 19 June. He was being treated for gangrene.

On 23 June, Ebrahim's son Azaad made the discovery after he noticed his father's upper lip was extremely swollen. This week Durban attorney Theasan Pillay, from Theasan Pillay & Associates, confirmed they were acting on behalf of the Ebrahim family.

In a letter addressed to the new CEO of RK Khan Hospital, Nqobile Mkhwanazi, they claim that the maggots had resulted from the deceased not being treated properly nor kept in a hygienic environment.

They described his care as being of an unacceptable substandard. The claim is R2m for Ebrahim's wife and R5m for his son.

They have given the Health Department 30 days to pay.

Full report on the IoL site