Limpopo hospital discharges double amputee without a wheelchair

By Langa Bodlani MPL, DA Limpopo Spokesperson on Health:

Mankweng Hospital in Limpopo has discharged a 57 year old man, Mr. Abram Bopape, after amputating his last remaining leg – and has refused to provide him a wheelchair while he struggles to move.

This comes after I today visited Mr Bopape, who is a pensioner at his home in Makanye village near Turfloop. He was admitted to this hospital on 7 July 2015.

Mr. Bopape suffered from gangrene in his leg, a death of tissue due to lack of blood supply. He had already undergone an amputation on his other leg, before this most recent operation on 8 July 2015.  He has now lost both legs and is a double amputee.

He was discharged on 10 July 2015 from hospital after a physiotherapist assured him that a wheelchair would be given to him. But this did not happen.

Upon leaving the hospital and asking where he could find a wheelchair, he was told that he had to buy it himself. A man with both legs amputated was left by the Mankweng Hospital to pull himself along the ground, through them denying him a wheelchair.

Mr Bopape is a pensioner who looks after his unemployed wife, and 5 unemployed children from his meager pension. To add to that there are also 3 grandchildren. He cannot afford to buy a piece of medical equipment which the state should provide, and promised to provide.

I have written to Health MEC Dr Ramathuba to request her urgent intervention to get Mr Bopape a wheelchair.

His wife now has to use a wheelbarrow to move Mr Bopape around the house, including to the bathroom, severely infringing his right to dignity.

This is illustrative of a government institution and a government in general which has long stopped caring about the people and their plight.

The DA will do everything in our powers to help Mr Bopape get a wheelchair, and to restore dignity to his life.