The family of Sadek Ebrahim have pursued legal action following a video which went viral showing maggots in the mouth of a 52-year-old patient.

The video was taken by Ebrahim's son at RK Khan Hospital, south Durban, in June after he was admitted for an operation related to an infection on his leg.

Azaad Ebrahim reportedly told TimesLIVE that the reason they were pursuing legal action was because he did not want anyone else to go through what his father went through.

Theasen Pillay, the family's attorney, confirmed that they were formalising a claim against the hospital and the KZN Health Department.

‘It is a general damages claim for the suffering and trauma caused to the family of the patient,’ said Pillay.

Last week the department set in motion the redeployment of Dr Prakash Subban, the hospital's CEO. The department's decision followed public outcry after the video of Ebrahim went viral on social media.

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