NCRHA clears medics in 3 babies deaths
Monday, September 30 2013
An internal investigation into the deaths of triplets born prematurely in May to Nicole Bowen at the Mt Hope Women’s Hospital revealed the babies did not die of negligence, chairman of the North Central Regional Health Authority (NCRHA) Dr Shehenaz Mohammed has said.
The babies died in July of respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) — a common lung disorder in premature infants — and neo-natal sepsis.
The babies named Chelsea, Naomi and Kaylin Bowen were born on May 16 at 26 weeks of gestation and died in late July in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the Mount Hope Women’s Hospital.
After the babies’ deaths, Bowen had expressed her concerns that her queries were not being answered as she expected and had sought other medical and legal opinions. Mohammed told Newsday that the babies’ deaths were as a result of complications secondary to extreme prematurity.
The post-mortem done at the women’s hospital had revealed that the babies had died of RDS and neo-natal sepsis. Mohammed said the details of the causes of their deaths were told to the parents of the triplets by members of a multi-disciplinary team from the NCRHA that met with them.
The team and the Bowens and their lawyer met in the Conference Room at the Arima Health Facility.
The meeting, Mohammed said, was amicable and Bowen’s questions were answered by members of the team.
Asked if any legal action had been taken against the NCRHA or the women’s hospital, she said she was not aware of any.
Mohammed said that any baby born below 34 weeks of gestation is considered pre-mature. The more premature the babies, the more they will struggle to survive outside the womb. The most common cause of death in premature babies is RDS.
According to the online National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, RDS rarely occurs in full-term infants. The disorder is more common in premature infants born about six weeks or more before their due dates.
According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, “nearly all infants born before 28 weeks of pregnancy develop RDS.”
The local health sector has been saving single-born babies at 26 weeks, Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan told Newsday, but it was more difficult in multiple pregnancies, and especially where fertility drugs were used for conception.
Earlier this year, sextuplets were born to Petra Lee Foon, three of whom have since died, and the surviving babies are reportedly doing well at the family home.
On September 4, triplets, all boys, were born healthy to Jannel Green-Campbell, and on July 18, triplets, all girls, were born to Parbathie Ramlochan at Mt Hope Women’s Hospital.