Friday 3 April, 2020

Scarborough General Hospital welcomes two baby boys on New Year's Day

Juanita Gumbs and her baby surrounded by TRHA officials.

Juanita Gumbs and her baby surrounded by TRHA officials.

The Scarborough General Hospital registered two births on the first day of 2019 and they were both boys. 

The first baby was born to Juanita Gumbs and Dwayne Nicholls of Milford Road, Bon Accord at approximately 1:41 am.

A release from the Tobago Regional Health Authority, Gumbs is an Enrolled Nursing Assistant (ENA) attached to the Geriatric Unit of the Tobago Regional Health Authority (TRHA) and Nicholls is a fisherman.  Their baby weighed in at 7.35 lbs.

When officials of the TRHA visited the Maternity Ward of the Scarborough General Hospital (SGH) Gumbs was excited at the birth of her third boy, whose brothers are 10 and five years.  She had some advice for other mothers.

“Aim for the stars.  Do what you have to do.  Life might be tough but you have to do what you have to do.  Make sure you’re educated, said Gumbs, who also had tremendous praise for the doctors and nurses at the SGH.

“My doctors were excellent, Dr. Keshi, Dr. Peterson and Dr. Wheeler.  They took very good care of me.  I was a bit scared at first with the C-section but it turned out to be good.  They were very supportive.  The nurses, too, Nurse O’Neil, Midwife Marge Taylor, all the midwives on shift; they were very, very supportive,” said Gumbs.

The second baby weighed 6.07 lbs and was born at 7:23 am to Stacey, a housewife and Neil McLetchie, a teacher at Hope A.C. Primary School.  The McLetchie’s reside at Buccoo New Road, Buccoo and are celebrating the birth of their fourth boy, the others aged 15, 12 and eight. 

McLetchie who is 40 years old was ecstatic and lauded the doctors and nurses at the SGH.

“I’m happy.  I’m happy.  My husband knew it was another boy because he told me that from before.  Everybody was telling me it was a girl but I had a feeling that it was another boy.  I went through a lot of pain but once he came out safe, I’m happy.  Thank God.  The doctors and nurses were very nice to me.  There’s one that I really like there.  They treated me nice.  I listened when they told me what to do.  When the pain hit me and I started to go off the line, they got me right back on track,” said  McLetchie whose Midwife was Akiny Hazel.

Ingrid Melville, Chairman, Michelle Edwards-Benjamin, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Victor Wheeler, Acting Medical Chief of Staff, Sarah Celestine-Balfour, Acting Secondary Care Nurse Manager and Midwife Beverly A. Baptiste were all on hand to congratulate the New Year’s Day mothers and make presentations on behalf of the TRHA and the Secretary of Health, Wellness and Family Development, Councillor Dr. Agatha Carrington.



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