Khabonina Qubeka says her human rights were violated after Life Bedford Gardens Private Hospital got rid of her placenta by setting it on fire after she signed a contract to keep it!sidingo actress
And she’s demanding R40 million from Life Bedford Gardens Hospital.
Khabonina Qubeka who says she has been mum about the issue for over a year now decided to set the record straight in a video posted on her Instagram on Wednesday.
“It’s clear for me now… that the intention of the hospital was not for me to get my placenta in the first place. Number one the form/contract that I got from them came in late. It came in at 08:00 and I gave birth at 08:20… I came to the hospital around 03:00… I can see that they’re not interested or maybe they hoping I would forget. I don’t know for what good reason but eventually, at 08:00 I signed the contract that said the moment I give birth please save my placenta.
“You’ll see on the document it says a baby was delivered, a baby was born and then it says placenta was given to midwife. So because my gynecologist knew exactly what was suppose to happen he handed the placenta over to the midwife, which is the correct process… I get the baby, I get so many forms to sign and I sign all these forms,” says Khabonina Qubeka.
She says she got home and raised her baby in a joyful manner while she was in recovery mode and excited about her placenta.
Khabonina says that she told her baby-daddy that he needs to go to the police station and get an affidavit so that she can go get her placenta because they stored it for her in the fridge as they promised.
“He goes to the police station and they say to him hay’cha baba you have to go to the hospital in order to get the affidavit because it’s human tissue, you need a letter from the hospital… now we are confused there’s another document,” she shares.
She says she decided to go to the hospital.
“I get there, I would like my placenta. They looked for my placenta or act like they’re looking for my placenta, they don’t find it…”
She says she was told that they got rid of it by burning it.
“Why did they not tell me that there’s another form/document which you need to sign in order to get the placenta?” she questions.
She says there’s a letter that you get from the hospital in order to get the affidavit from the police station to get the placenta but they didn’t give her that form/letter.
“So now me asking them what’s the way forward. They told me to talk with their lawyers because they did nothing wrong. How did you not go wrong when you’ve destroyed someone’s placenta? Am I ever gonna be pregnant again? Am I ever gonna give birth again? Am I gonna have this experience again? I don’t know. I wanted the experience, it’s my choice and it’s my right,” says Khabonina.
She says not only did the hospital violate her right as a woman to choose, but they also violated her human rights.
“I am a human being. That was my human tissue… I chose to keep it. It’s my civil right. I signed a contract and they broke their own contract,” she says.
Khabonina says they also violated her cultural rights because her man is Tsonga and they wanted to plant the placenta and or do research about it.
“Their lawyers are denying everything saying their client was not wrong,” says Khabonina.
She says they need to come to the party and say sorry they’ve made a mistake because she’s a paying client and they were supposed to handle her with care.
“Placenta is gold and it’s your right to experience it. That’s why I chose to save it,” says Khabonina Qubeka.
In her post, she has tagged the Cultural Rights Commission, Human Rights Commission, Human Rights Watch and the Public Protector.
In a story published by Sowetan, the hospital has denied any wrong-doing.
The placenta is an organ that develops in your uterus during pregnancy. This structure provides oxygen and nutrients to your growing baby and removes waste products from your baby’s blood. The placenta attaches to the wall of your uterus, and your baby’s umbilical cord arises from it. The organ is usually attached to the top, side, front or back of the uterus. In rare cases, the placenta might attach in the lower uterine region (placenta previa). – Mayoclinic.org