Patient jumps from 9th floor at Charlotte Maxeke

August 24, 2011

The pain and suffering had become too much for Maxine Brayton, 53, who jumped to her death through a toilet window.

A carefully worded statement released by the Gauteng Department of Health and Social Development five hours later reveals little about Brayton’s circumstances, other than saying that she had undergone surgery and was in excruciating pain.

“What happened is a tragedy and our sympathies are with the family at this traumatic and difficult moment,” health MEC Ntombi Mekgwe said.

Brayton had experienced not only physical but emotional torture, and felt she was “trapped in a hopeless body”.

A dance teacher and former daycare worker from Randburg, Johannesburg, she had contacted The Times on June 21, desperately for help.

Freely sharing her medical history, Brayton said she suffered from bipolar disorder and had been addicted to drugs and alcohol .

Brayton had undergone a hysterectomy on May 30 and “something went wrong” during the operation.

“I can’t take the pain,” she whispered.

She made her distress call to The Times as, with a gaping hole where the surgeon had cut her abdomen, she battled to receive medical attention or admission to Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital.

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