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Baby Simeon laid to rest

By CAROL MATROO Thursday, March 20 2014

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REST IN PEACE: Quelly Ann Cottle adjusts the inlay in the coffin bearing the remains of her son Simeon at a funeral service yesterday at Dass Funeral ...
REST IN PEACE: Quelly Ann Cottle adjusts the inlay in the coffin bearing the remains of her son Simeon at a funeral service yesterday at Dass Funeral ...

QUELLY Ann Cottle yesterday bade a tearful farewell to her son Simeon, whose life lasted all of five hours before he bled to death after being cut on his head by the surgeon who performed a Caesarean section on Cottle to deliver the baby.

The funeral service was held at Dass Funeral Home chapel in Chaguanas before a small congregation comprising mainly family members, close friends and former Government Minister and Senator Verna St Rose-Greaves.

Cottle personally dressed and prepared her baby son before his final send off. He was placed in a small cream and gold casket with white inlay. Only baby Simeon’s tiny head, covered in a white hat, was visible.

His brother Samuel, Emil Millington’s son with Cottle, told Newsday: “My baby brother died today...I sad. I see him on TV and his head was burst.” The little boy clung to his mother’s hand, and was seen wiping tears from his sister Hayley’s face during the service.

Cottle, who delivered the eulogy, lamented that she would never get a chance to see her child grow. “For months I kept wondering what my son would be like. His appearance, his personality...what joy he would have brought to my life. For months I had pain, but I didn’t mind as I knew it would be all worth it after he was born. Sadly all my dreams and hopes ended in the space of five hours,” Cottle said.

As she began to weep, one of Cottle’s nieces Cheyenne Wells, completed the eulogy while St Rose-Greaves left her seat to embrace Cottle. Pastor Lloyd Cadogan, who officiated at the funeral, urged the family to have courage, hope and trust in God because, “God is good all the time.”

Two representatives from the North Central Regional Health Authority (NCRHA) were also present at the funeral. Baby Simeon’s body was interred at the Longdenville Cemetery.

Baby Simeon’s father Emil Millington later told Newsday he was happy that a committee was appointed to investigate the death of the child. Baby Simeon died on March 1, after living for just five hours when he bled to death after suffering a gash to the head during his mother’s Caesarian section. The procedure was done at Mt Hope Women’s Hospital.

The specialist paediatrician who performed the surgery has since been placed on suspension, with pay, pending the outcome of the investigation.

Attorney General Anand Ramlogan appointed retired Justice of Appeal Mustapha Ibrahim, former head of the Neonatal Unit at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital, Dr Petronella Manning- Alleyne, and consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Melanie Clare Davies, who is affiliated with the University and College of London Hospitals, to the committee.

While Millington could not say whether they would pursue a second autopsy, saying he would go along with any decision made by Cottle, he felt that something was finally being done about his son’s death.

“I feel good about the committee. I feel we might get some answers now and I heard that the Prime Minister gave the full go ahead for the investigation. This is the first time she has responded about this, so I’m happy,” he said.

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