A mother who gave birth to twins prematurely at the Tembisa Hospital in October last year is convinced her babies died from an infection caused by the klebsiella bacterium and has accused medical staff of negligence, says a report in The Sunday Independent.

It notes there was an outcry recently following the deaths of 10 babies at the Ekurhuleni hospital due to the drug-resistant infection believed to be the result of suspected klebsiella outbreak, which causes pneumonia and meningitis.

The hospital has reported that the outbreak started in November 2019. But Thabelo Mungovhoro said the hospital had misinformed the public when it said the outbreak began only in November and she is convinced her twins died from the infection.

The mother (31) gave birth after a seven-month pregnancy on 13 October and the twins died a few days later.

Mungovhoro has threatened to sue the hospital for medical negligence if it doesn’t come out with the truth surrounding the death of her twins.

Tembisa Hospital spokesperson Nothando Mdluli said the first twin died because of prematurity and the second twin died because of ‘Acinetobacter baumannii’ (affects people with compromised immune systems).

The DA’s Jack Bloom called on the hospital to do an investigation and provide answers.

According to the hospital CEO, when I visited there the hospital was averaging two antibiotic-resistant klebsiella cases every month from January to October, ie 14 in total, which they said they were managing. There was a jump to five cases in November and they got really concerned when there were 12 cases in December. So it is possible that her babies got this specific infection in October but this needs to be confirmed by the hospital,' he said.

Full report in The Sunday Independent (subscription needed)