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Jnr nurse in hot seat

By CAROL MATROO Friday, April 25 2014

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 Retired Appeal Court Judge Mustapha Ibrahim....
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A FEMALE junior paediatrician was the first to be placed under scrutiny as the inquiry into the death of baby Simeon began yesterday. According to sources, the doctor, who was part of the team when baby Simeon was delivered in March, gave evidence.

The baby lived for five hours after being delivered from his mother Quelly Ann Cottle, during a Caesarian-section at the Mt Hope Women’s Hospital, on March 1. He suffered a laceration to the head while being delivered and as an autopsy would later show, bled to death.

Dr Javed Chinnia has been suspended with basic pay until the inquiry is completed. Attorney General Anand Ramlogan mandated a team be appointed to investigate the baby’s death.

That team comprises consultant obstetrician/gynaecologist of the University College of London Hospitals Dr Melanie Clare Davies, who arrived in the country on Wednesday night, Dr Petronella Manning-Alleyne, neonatologist and former head of the Neonatal Unit at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital and retired Appeal Court judge Mustapha Ibrahim.

A source said the junior doctor was questioned yesterday as to what happened during the delivery. “She was questioned vigorously. The inquiry is supposed to be completed by next Tuesday and there are expectations that it would go through the weekend,” the source said.

When contacted yesterday, Cottle said while she is still angry and confused about her baby’s death she was relieved that something is finally being done.

“This is not about money because nothing can bring my son back. But I would like to know that something will be put in place so that nothing like this happens to another mother again,” Cottle said.

Cottle said she met with hospital officials yesterday when she was told it would be determined what caused her baby’s death and also precautions that should be taken to prevent such an incident.

Cottle said it was not just about money, but the same way Chinnia had the courage to come out and say it was a medical error, she wanted him to come out and tell her he was “sorry.”

The source said there were two main doctors who were supposed to be present the day of the surgery, but were reluctant to give evidence.

During the period of baby Simeon’s delivery, there was no senior paediatrician or obstetrician/gynaecologist, present.

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