June 1, 2023

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Life Esidimeni Inquest hears that some patients lost weight before succumbing to diseases – SABC News

An pro witness, Dr. Mvuyiso Talatala, has advised the Life Esidimeni Inquest at the Pretoria Substantial Court docket that some patients dropped considerable excess weight ahead of succumbing to a wide variety of conditions.

Talatala, a expert psychiatrist, testified that some patients died of gangrene, lung infection and pneumonia.

The overall health ombudsman uncovered that the 144 people died of hunger, dehydration, and neglect all through and just after they have been moved from the Lifestyle Esidimeni amenities to sick-outfitted and unregistered Non-Governmental Organisations in June 2016.

Talatala argued the transfer of critically sick sufferers like Virginia Makhaphela from the Daily life Esidimeni to ill-geared up NGOs could have contributed to their fatalities.

“My girl, there is a relationship, even though the pathologist does not hyperlink the gangrene to the fatalities. But the pathologist does not uncover nearly anything else in her report. Does not give us an choice. But provides us that and the dehydration, the only things that have been identified.”

NGOs not suitable to accommodate patients 

On Wednesday Talatala advised the inquest that the affliction of some of the clients did not permit their transfer to other NGOs.

Talatala get rid of some light-weight on unsuccessful makes an attempt to warning distinctive govt stakeholders to prevent the Lifetime Esidimeni tragedy.

He stated some NGOs were being not ideal to accommodate mental overall health sufferers with sure medical circumstances.

“They would offer you care but it wouldn’t be the same as the 1 that was provided at Daily life Esidimeni or the care that was presented at Serkfontein which was excellent care. Because they have been capable to say which affected individual was ideal for their treatment and they will know what medical care they will have to give.”

The Life Esidimeni Inquest is investigating the deaths of 144 mentally-unwell sufferers that ended up transferred to NGOs: 

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