Blind twins to be paid R4.6m

Lee-Anne Butler

FOLLOWING a legal battle against the Eastern Cape Health Department lasting more than five years, a former Despatch couple whose twin boys went blind after being born prematurely at Dora Nginza Hospital in Zwide, Port Elizabeth, were finally granted some relief yesterday.

This comes more than a year after the department conceded negligence in respect of the legal action instituted by Charl and Aletta Ferreira on behalf of their twin boys, Divan and Ewan, 6.

Shortly after their birth the boys were exposed to light far too harsh for their eyes while in an incubator for the first two months of their lives.

Despite requests since early this year via their legal representative, Manoj Karsan of Uitenhage-based Karsans Attorneys, to the department for an interim payment to assist the family with the needs of the twins, nothing was forthcoming.


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