Tembisa Hospital No Help At All
Tembisa Hospital No Help At All: A accident victim who waited for hours at the Tembisa Hospital without receiving medical attention is recovering well at another government hospital. Michelle Cornellissen (57) was seriously injured on Thursday last week when her car crashed into a pole on Pomona Road. The Brakpan woman was on her way to work in Spartan when the accident occurred the woman’s ex-husband, Steve Nigrini, said she had an epileptic fit while driving, lost control of the car, a white Hyundai i10, and hit a street pole. “The impact sent her flying out of the passenger window of the car. The car then overturned and fell on top of her,” Nigrini said.
Cornellissen was joined by her son and Nigrini’s wife at the hospital, who waited by her side for a doctor to see her. The severely injured patient waited for hours, bleeding and coughing up blood. By 1pm, she was still waiting to be treated. “After not being treated at all, I called a friend who owns an ambulance service and asked him to help out. The ambulance took her to Life Dalview Hospital in Brakpan where we were told to pay R2 000 before they could assess her, which we did.” Then, according to Nigrini, a woman from this private hospital later called him and said they had to pay R200 000 upfront before they could help her. Since they couldn’t afford this, they fetched her again and took her to Sunshine Hospital, also a private facility, in Benoni. Cornellissen finally received proper medical care for the first time since the crash. Cornellissen received stitches in her head, nose and eyes. A full body scan was also done, which resulted in her needing to be put onto ventilators. “The doctors explained to us that she might be bleeding internally and needed to be put on ventilators, but these could cost hundreds of thousands of Rands, which I didn’t have. They advised us to take her to the Far East Rand Hospital.”