Man loses hearing after fortnight in hospital

A 27–year-old Zimbabwean man has reportedly lost his hearing completely after spending a fortnight at Tshwane District Hospital. Family members suspect negligence.

Lovemore Makuyana : family suspects negligence.
Lovemore Makuyana : family suspects negligence.

“Lovemore was admitted with minor ear problems but to our surprise he was released totally deaf. He now suffers from constant headaches, ear pain and cannot hear anymore,’’ his brother, Benedict Makuyana, told The Zimbabwean.

The actual cause of the loss of Makuyana’s hearing could not be immediately ascertained. After the fortnight, he was transferred to the Dr George Mukhari Hospital for further testing, but nothing could be done to save his hearing.

The audiologist tested him and confirmed that he was deaf and advised Makuyana’s family to buy him a Cochlear implant, a hearing aid costing up to R10 000.

The hospital told The Zimbabwean that Makuyana was examined at their Speech Therapy Department, and once diagnosis results were out, he would be encouraged to apply for a grant to help in caring for his condition.

“The patient was also referred to Steve Biko Academic Hospital for a Cochlear implant,” said the hospital’s spokesperson, Nolonwabo Bashe. Makuyana has since lost his job as a waiter and he has not heard from the hospital officials yet.

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