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Cottle still seeking closure

By CAROL MATROO Thursday, June 5 2014

IT HAS BEEN three months since her baby boy bled to death after he suffered a gash to the head while being delivered via Caesarian-section at the Women’s Hospital, Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex (EWMSC) in Mt Hope. Now mother Quelly-Ann Cottle is still awaiting closure on who was to blame for her baby’s death.

Cottle said she feels like she is losing touch with everything around her. Named Simeon, the baby boy lived just five hours after it was alleged that medical personnel failed to stop the bleeding.

Specialist obstetrician Dr Javed Chinnia has since been suspended with basic pay, pending an independent investigation. A committee comprising neonatologist and former head of the neo-natal unit at Port-of-Spain General Hospital (PoSGH) Dr Petronella Manning-Alleyne, retired Appeal Court judge Mustapha Ibrahim and consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at University College London Hospital, Dr MelanieDavies, were mandated to investigate the circumstances surrounding the baby’s death. The investigation has since been completed, but the report is still to be issued to Attorney General Anand Ramlogan, who was the one who ordered the investigation. Ramlogan said it was hoped the report would be completed by the end of this month.

However, Cottle is not consoled by this pronouncement saying she and her family are in limbo.

“Right now I am feeling very disturbed. Nobody has contacted me since April 22, that was the last time I was contacted. Since my son died I have not gone back out to work because I have a problem dealing with people. Every time I meet people they would start asking me about Simeon, and what happened and I have to go over that again,” she said.

Cottle said she had been to see a psychiatrist appointed by the hospital four times, but stopped because she said it was it was not helping her. “The pain and the anger still there. I feel like I am going off, I don’t know where I am.

I don’t know what is going on, I don’t want to be around any one. I find its high time this comes to a close. I don’t know or understand anything right now. I feeling like the current gone and I in the dark with a candle trying to find out what the heck is going on.

“I think I have a right to know what the hell was the outcome of the investigation. I don’t understand why they did not call me for a second interview. It seems to me that babies are still dying and nobody putting down their foot.

Nobody waking up and saying this is crap, nobody seems to care,” Cottle said.

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