The Gauteng Health Departments has provided the public with facts following allegations of a woman left with a placenta in her womb for five months.
The patient who posted her complaint on social media gave birth in Pholosong hospital in Ekurhuleni.
The Department listed the following facts:
It is humanly questionable for a placenta to be kept for 5 months in the uterus without a patient bleeding to death.
Secondly, with the said time, a patient can give in to infection and die if the placenta was kept for that long.
Signs of a retained placenta have dire consequences when a whole placenta or even a piece is retained the uterus will not contract thereby leading to what is called postpartum hemorrhage, this is profuse bleeding of the uterus, all this happens immediately after birth.
The patient can suffer septicemia due to a retained placenta, this happens within 12-24hrs post-delivery.
So, no placenta can be left in the uterus that long.
We have controls post-delivery of a neonate; such as weighing the placenta, an examination of all the lobes of the placenta for completeness.
Health spokesman Philani Mhlungu explained that the patient was admitted on the 24 September 2019 and gave birth the following day.
Mhlungu said she will attend a redress meeting on the 25 February 2020 as the Department is committed to engaging with the patient and finding a resolution.
“Health education and promotion is one of the key priorities of the 6th Administration, this key priority will help community members to make informed decisions about their lives. We respect the rights of individuals to express their concerns and dissatisfaction with services in Gauteng facilities, but facts should not be distorted in the process,” he said.
Source: Daily Sun