Monday, March 17, 2014

Appeal to PM: Don't let my baby die in vain

Quelly Ann Cottle will decide Monday whether to get a new autopsy on her baby who died during a C-Section at the Mount Hope Maternity Hospital or go ahead with the infant's funeral.

The health authorities have ordered an independent investigation and are awaiting that to determine next steps in this matter. Preliminary information indicates a surgical error by the doctor caused the injury that led to the baby's death within hours of the delivery.

Cottle sent a message to Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar through the media appealing to her to ensure that her baby did not die in vain.

In an interview with the Express newspaper, she said: "I want to appeal to the Prime Minister, this could be a blessing, fix this, not just in Mt Hope, but ensure that no one, not just mothers and babies, no person should have to complain."

Dr Javed Chinnia performed a C-section on Cottle on March 1. The initial report by acting quality coordinator of the Mt Hope Women’s Hospital Laldaye Jadoonanan shows that the doctor listed the incident as a “surgical event/surgical error”.

The Express published details as noted by Chinnia: "A Caesarean section was being performed for delivery as there was severe intrauterine growth restriction. Routine procedure was followed. 

"The lower uterine segment was first incised using the scalpel. The incision was opened with blunt dissection using a small artery clip. On delivery of the foetus a laceration about 3-4cm was observed across the scalp. The paediatrician present was informed immediately as was the patient”.

Cottle said he acknowledges that people make mistakes but suggested that when mistakes lead to the loss of life firm actrion should be taken. "He should not be making errors when it comes to human life, I put a lot of work into ensuring my child would be okay, just one error caused me to lose my child,” Cottle told the Express.

Commentary: Disturbing details on death of a baby during C-section procedure

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