By Jack Bloom MPL DA Gauteng Shadow Health MEC:
I welcome the commitment by the Gauteng Health Department to ensure that equipment is available to cope with patients like Corrie La Grange, who weighs 450 kg because of Ascites, which causes fluid build-up around vital organs.
This follows heroic action by paramedics and community members to lift him from his Edenvale home using ropes, and transporting his bed to the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital in a trailer,
It is unfortunate that he suffered for more than three months after being turned away by both private and public hospitals.
I encourage members of the public to use the Premier’s complaints hotline at 0860011000 in order to bring attention to problems like this at an early stage.