Two-year-old girl raped in Covid-19 isolation ward at South African hospital

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A two-year-old girl has been raped while in a Covid-19 isolation ward at a hospital in South Africa. 

Investigations are being carried out by both the police and hospital after the toddler was sexually abused whilst in isolation at the Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital in Pretoria. 

The child's aunt confirmed that the girl was admitted to hospital after developing symptoms of Covid-19. 

The hospital informed the victim's mother that the little girl needed to be placed on an isolation ward. 

The girls mother went home but was contacted that evening and told her daughter was crying and appeared to be in pain.

The aunt said:

'The mother and child were referred to the George Mukhari Hospital by the KT Motubatse clinic in Soshanguve on June 15,'

'The nurses at the clinic said since the child was struggling to breathe, she should be taken to George Mukhari Hospital to be tested for coronavirus.

'The hospital called in the evening and told the mother that the child was crying and in pain. They later called around 11pm and said the child was now sleeping. The hospital staff called again in the morning and told my sister to come and pick up her child because she had been discharged. The hospital said the child had tested negative for Covid-19.' 

The aunt revealed that after the child had been picked up from hospital, she appeared to be struggling to walk.

'I saw that there was something wrong with the child. As the mother was changing the nappy, she discovered some white fluid on her private parts. 

'She initially thought it was medication as the child had been in hospital. But the following day, that same whitish fluid was still coming out,' the aunt told local media. 

When the mother closely inspected her daughter she could see that there had been penetration.

The distraught little girl was taken back to hospital where a nurse said there was indication that the child had been raped.  

Provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters told News24 that a rape case has been opened. 

The hospital is also conducting its own investigation into the incident. 

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