The North Gauteng High Court has granted an order allowing a 12-year-old Somali refugee to receive treatment at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital. She was admitted to hospital this morning.
The girl suffers from a seriousÂ heart condition. She was rushed to Kalafong Hospital a day after arriving in South Africa, before she could apply for refugee status.Â She was later transferred to Steve Biko Academic Hospital for the surgeryÂ but the hospital allegedlyÂ refused to treat herÂ because she did not have any documentation and could not pay aÂ R250 000 deposit
Following the court order, her treatment will be administered as it would toÂ any other patient at the hospital.
“Her lack of documentation will no longer be a barrier to her medical treatment,” saidÂ Patricia Erasmus, who is handling the case for Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR).
The case has not yet been fully resolved however.
“The respondents denied that they ever asked for a deposit, so the court has ordered an investigation,” Erasmus said.
Attempts to gain comment from the Department of Health were unsuccessful.