Mother of infant found burned and dead in bath tub
Johannesburg - An investigation is being conducted at Helen Joseph Hospital after a patient was found unresponsive and severely burned in a bath tub filled with hot water.
The Gauteng Department of Health said in a statement.yesterday that nurses had seen the 35-year-old victim just 15 minutes before she mysteriously died. Department spokesperson Steve Mabona said another patient had made the gruesome discovery and alerted staff to the situation.
"They pulled her out of hot water which was less than one third full in the tub and rushed her to [a] bed for resuscitation. A doctor was called and initiated resuscitation without success."
According to Mr. Mabona, the woman was admitted to hospital on Friday with her three-month-old baby. She was diagnosed with heart and renal failure. Mr. Mabona said he baby would be handed over to the next of kin.
He said police would continue the investigations and a post mortem would be conducted to determine the cause of death.
“Our prayers are with the family of the bereaved during this time of grief. The investigation will help us ascertain what led to the incident,” said Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu.