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Family wants fair probe of baby in bag

By Leiselle Maraj Monday, March 24 2014

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Tahia Jordan...sent home with foetus in a plastic bag....
Tahia Jordan...sent home with foetus in a plastic bag....

Andrea Lancaster, mother of Tahia Jordan who was sent home with her miscarried foetus in a black plastic bag, expressed hope that the right person is being penalised for this faux pas.

Jordan miscarried her five-month foetus on Wednesday at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital. She was discharged on Thursday and took home a plastic bag, which was given to her at the hospital. When the bag was opened, it contained her bloodied clothes from when she began miscarrying at her workplace on Wednesday and the foetus.

According to a media release issued by the North-West Regional Health Authority (NWRHA) on Saturday, the nurse suspected of sending the 23-year-old resident of Trou Macaque, Laventille home with the foetus has been suspended with basic salary pending further investigation. Speaking with Newsday yesterday, Lancaster said when she last visited the hospital, a nurse in Ward One was being blamed for the incident. “This happened in casualty, someone in casualty did it. When we were taken to Ward One, that nurse asked Tahia for the foetus and she did not know where it was. They took Tahia there but not with the baby. Usually they bring the baby across in a basin. I cannot say if the suspension is fair or not because I do not want the wrong person to be sent home,” she said.

However, if the right person was suspended, Lancaster said the punishment would be fair.

“They were not doing their work properly. They were not paying attention or not being alert, it could have been something worse than that.” She said she was unsure if her daughter would take legal action, but the family will be performing funeral rites for the foetus. Jordan is expected to return to the hospital today to finalise these arrangements.

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