MOM TO SUE AFTER LOSING SON

Distraught mother Krishendaye Sonny is planning to file a law suit against the San Fernando General Hospital for negligence following the death of her new-born baby boy. Sonny said so moments after she was told that the hospital officials started an internal investigation into the death of the baby yesterday. In an interview, Sonny’s relatives said they contacted attorney Anand Ramlogan, who indicated that he was willing to take up the case.
Yesterday, Ramlogan won another hospital negligence case at the San Fernando High Court against the Northwest Regional Health Authority. Ramlogan vowed to fight on the family’s behalf to get justice for the loss of their child.

Distraught mother Krishendaye Sonny is planning to file a law suit against the San Fernando General Hospital for negligence following the death of her new-born baby boy. Sonny said so moments after she was told that the hospital officials started an internal investigation into the death of the baby yesterday. In an interview, Sonny’s relatives said they contacted attorney Anand Ramlogan, who indicated that he was willing to take up the case.
Yesterday, Ramlogan won another hospital negligence case at the San Fernando High Court against the Northwest Regional Health Authority. Ramlogan vowed to fight on the family’s behalf to get justice for the loss of their child.

“I am fed up of being a voice in the wilderness for victims of medical negligence. What reaches the public is the tip of the iceberg because 90 per cent of the cases never make it to court because there are no doctors to testify and give expert evidence on behalf of the victims,” Ramlogan said. He called on Government to establish a Medical Complaints Council to evaluate medical complaints. “If this is not done then 90 per cent of the cases will be lost under the carpet because medical personnel are unwilling to testify,” Ramlogan said. Sonny’s baby lived for 32 hours after being born breached around 8.27 am on Friday.

Sonny said her baby suffered from breathing problems and internal injuries, after being pulled feet-first from her womb. Sonny claimed she was not given proper care as they never induced labour when her amniotic sack (water bag) burst three weeks ago. Instead, she was sent home and told to take bed rest. The distraught woman said she returned to the hospital on Thursday after getting contractions. She claimed although hospital authorities knew her baby was breached, they failed to give her a caesarean section.

Hospital responds:

Senior hospital officials said yesterday that an investigation had started into the matter. The official has advised Sonny to file a formal complaint at the hospital as well as to apply through the Freedom of Information Act to acquire all medical notes in the matter.

Extracted From: Trinidad Guardian Newspaper
Mon, 2009-03-02

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