Tuesday 17 September, 2019

SWRHA denies claims of negligence in La Romaine mum's death

While the family of a La Romaine woman is claiming negligence led to her death days after she gave birth to a healthy baby girl at the San Fernando General Hospital, the South West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA) has denied that there was any blame to be had on the hospital’s part.

Autopsy results listed the cause of death for Maquader Martin, 26, as a pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in the lungs).

According to an article in the Trinidad Guardian a nurse refused to give the first-time mother a bedpan on Saturday and while was on her way back from the bathroom she fell to the ground and died.

However, speaking with LoopTT, Dr Albert Persaud, Director of Health at the SWRHA said an investigation was launched following the 26-year-old woman’s death and it was determined that she suffered with the condition, which Persaud described as a “well recognised complication of pregnancy”.

He categorically denied that the young mother died as a result of any fall.

On LoopTT’s inquiry on claims that she was administered an injection after experiencing pain in her legs that prevented her from walking, Persaud said he had no such information.

In a statement on Wednesday, the SWRHA extended condolences to Martin’s family.

The Authority said it has been in contact with the family to discuss their concerns and has offered all necessary counselling given the circumstance.

The SWRHA assured that the investigation into her untimely death is being treated with the necessary urgency and in accordance with the relevant protocols and procedures.

The findings, it promised, would be made available to the woman’s family.

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