Our expert says:
Sounds like appalling neglect of a sick woman. And I have seen undeniable evidence of such neglect in state hospitals myself. Don't blame yourself, blame those unworthy people who were paid to take good care of her and didn't bother to do so.
This is a tragic story, and I so much wish it were a rare event. One thing to lessen your worry, if she was postop and with a serious fever and infection, its likely that she had little or not awareness of what was going wrong, which may have protected her from feeling lonely and scared in this otherwise lonely and scary situation.
I don't know what remedies are open to you if you live in another country.
But there should be a formal complaint by the family to the police that this was NOT a death from natural causes, so far as you can tell, and probably due to criminal neglect, and call for a proper independent investigation of what happened. Consult a local lawyer to act on your behalf, if you can, and write to complain the the Minister of Health ( our current Minister in SA seems an admirable guy ) and the MEC for health in that provice, as well as notifying the Superintedent of the Hospital that you demand an inquest.
I thopught that when someone dies within a short period of time after an operation, there HAD to be a formal inquest, rather than just allowing those who neglected her to cover things up
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