An autopsy is to be performed on the bodies of Leciana and Ajani Sheppard tomorrow.
Tobago Regional Health Authority (TRHA) chief executive officer Godwyn Richardson wrote to attorney Martin George yesterday, confirming agreement for a pathologist retained by Brinsley Sheppard to witness the post-mortem of Sheppard’s wife and son.
Mother and son died at Scarborough General Hospital last Friday, when complications developed during the delivery of the baby.
Brinsley Sheppard has since taken legal action, through attorney George, and earlier this week he was stopped by officials at the hospital from viewing the autopsy of his late wife and child.
He was advised by TRHA officials to make a request in writing.
A letter was later sent to the TRHA by George, who has called for a commission of enquiry into what appears to be a collapse of procedure, protocol and management of the health care system in Tobago.
Richardson’s letter to Sheppard stated: “With regard to your request to have a privately-retained pathologist present to witness the post-mortem examination of Leciana Sheppard and baby Ajani Sheppard, please be informed that the Tobago Regional Health Authority (TRHA) accedes to the said request.”
Within one week in Tobago, two babies and a pregnant mother died at Scarborough General.
Before the Sheppard tragedy, Kai Duncan lost her baby last week Monday.
Duncan’s baby was laid to rest yesterday at Buccoo Public Cemetery.
- Local News