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Mom wants independent autopsy for baby Simeon

Tuesday, March 18 2014

The funeral for baby Simeon, who bled to death as a result of a cut to his head during his mother’s Caesarian-section on March 1 at Mt Hope Women’s Hospital, is tentatively set for tomorrow.

Quelly Ann Cottle told Newsday yesterday she wanted an independent autopsy done on her baby who was delivered seven months prematurely because of all the excuses being made about his chances to live.

Financial constraints to getting an independent autopsy done, she said, was the humbug.

Declaring she was angry, Cottle said she very much wanted the autopsy, “because they keep saying that he (Baby Simeon) was severely premature dismissing the fact that the problem was the cut to his head and that he bled to death.”

Though she had not been in touch with the North-Central Regional Health Authority (NCRHA) since Friday when she collected its autopsy report, she said she has to inform officials about the funeral arrangements today.

The funeral is expected to take place at her mother’s home in Chaguanas.

Cottle said she was offered counselling last Wednesday at the women’s hospital and is due for another counselling session tomorrow.

Baby Simeon was delivered via C-section, but received a cut to his head during the operation. He lived for five hours after delivery and sustaining the cut.

The Health Ministry is to conduct a probe with foreign experts.

Meanwhile the Trinidad and Tobago Medical Association (TTMA) expressed its “deep sympathy” to Cottle “on the unfortunate outcome of her C-Section which resulted in the loss of her baby.”

In a release issued yesterday the TTMA said it fully supports the setting up of an investigative team to probe the circumstances that led to the adverse result. The association hopes the results are made public and that justice will be served to all parties involved.

Noting that an important component of maintaining high medical standards is continuing medical education (CME), the TTMA urged the Medical Board of TT to fast track the process and make CME a mandatory requirement for all doctors.

TT is the only jurisdiction in the Caribbean that does not have this requirement, the TTMA said.

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