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MEDICAL COMPLAINTS COUNCIL CASES

Martin George & Company > MEDICAL COMPLAINTS COUNCIL CASES (Page 2)

Mother claims hospital negligence killed daughter After road traffic accident…

RELATIVES OF a 26-year-old Morvant woman are calling for an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the woman's death while warded at the Port of Spain General Hospital after she sustained a broken pelvis during a road traffic accident one week ago. Onika Giselle Derrick died around 4.30 a.m last Thursday while on Ward 14 at the hospital. An autopsy conducted on her body the following day revealed she died from a blood clot which formed in the hip and travelled to the lungs. According to the victim's distraught mother, Denise, the negligence of hospital officials resulted in the death of her daughter....

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FAMILY CLAIMS HOSPITAL MADE MEDICAL MISTAKE MAN DIES HEART ATTACK

THE family of a man who died from a heart attack two weeks ago is claiming his chest pain was misdiagnosed hours before his death. Alan Mahabir, 42, was allegedly prescribed a medication for acid reflux disease at the Couva District Hospital on the morning of March 9. By afternoon, he was dead, after being rushed to the Augustus Long Hospital in Pointe-a-Pierre. An autopsy found that Mahabir, who had no history of chronic disease, died from a massive heart attack. Mahabir's family asked that Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan and hospital officials conduct a thorough investigation. Chairman of the South West Regional Health...

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NEGLIGENCE BLAMED AS CHILD LOSES EYE

Ruth Martin gave birth to a bouncing baby boy on March 20, 2007 at the Sangre Grande Hospital. The baby, who weighed nine pounds, nine ounces, appeared healthy even though Martin noticed a white, cloudy film over his left eye. Doctors at the hospital assured her that it was nothing to worry about and gave both her and the baby a clean bill of health. In the days following, Martin, who resides at Jacob Hill Wallerfield, joined the clinic at the Arima Health Facility where her newborn baby underwent routine checks and further medical attention. But as David grew, the mother of four...

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BREACH OF DUTY IN BABY’S DEATH COURT SAYS WHY IT DISMISSED APPEAL:

One year after dismissing an appeal lodged by the South-West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA), questioning a High Court judge's decision to award more than $.3 million in damages to a Penal woman, the Appeal Court yesterday gave written reasons for dismissing the appeal. The panel,which comprised of Justices Allan Mendonca, Peter Jamadar and Nolan Bereaux, in a 38-page ruling, outlined the reasons for dismissing the appeal brought by the SWRHA against Samdaye Harrilal, who levelled allegations of negligence against the SWRHA following the death of her baby. The judges were also critical of the law "on medical negligence in T&T", describing it...

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NWRHA ACCEPTS LIABILITY IN BABY’S DEATH OPERATION GONE WRONG

  WHAT was supposed to be a simple, routine medical procedure at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex (EWMSC) in Mt Hope resulted in the death of a one-month-old baby boy almost eight years ago. The North West Regional Health Authority (NWRHA) was sued for medical negligence in 2004, but it was only yesterday it accepted liability for little Nathan Forde's death. A High Court judge will determine, at a later date, the amount of compensation his parents will receive. But Nigel Forde, a pipe-fitter of Petit Valley, and his wife, Nadia Farrier, a domestic worker, still feel no joy at having the...

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SEAMSTRESS SUES FOR HAND INJURY AFTER INJECTION

THE Eastern Regional Health Authority (ERHA) has been sued by a 62-year-old seamstress, who suffered injury to her hand after an intravenous needle was badly inserted while at the Sangre Grande Hospital three years ago. Annette Hamilton Gladstone, of Red Hill, D'abadie, is a diabetic, and visited the hospital on May 6, 2006, for treatment of an associated condition. In her claim filed by attorneys Anand Ramlogan and Cindy Bhagwandeen at the San Fernando High Court, Gladstone says a female doctor concluded that it was necessary to administer antibiotics. An intravenous line was inserted into her right hand, which allegedly became bluish...

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MOM CONSIDERS LEGAL ACTION AGAINST HOSPITAL

Dulin Semper, the Princes Town mother who delivered her baby on the floor of her living room hours after her discharge from the San Fernando General Hospital, is considering taking legal action for what she considers medical negligence. Semper, 27, has rejected the claim of hospital authorities that she was not in labour when sent home last Saturday. Semper was sent home after being monitored and examined by a female doctor, who told her she was just having contractions and she would not have the baby until later this week. She delivered the baby three hours later. Yesterday, Semper said, "I am real disappointed...

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JUDGE RESERVES RULING

A high court judge has reserved judgment in a lawsuit filed against the South-West Regional Health Authority by a construction worker, who suffered some paralysis to his left leg after allegedly receiving three injections to the buttocks by a doctor. Hearing of evidence in the matter was completed on Wednesday before Justice Ronnie Boodoosingh in the San Fernando High Court. Ashmead Johan, represented by attorney Stephen Boodram, accused the doctor of being clinically negligent. Johan told the court he visited the Casualty Department of the Point Fortin Area Hospital on August 26, 2002, for medical treatment and a check-up, and was administered the...

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DOCTORS’ DEFIANCE RAISES GRAVE CONCERNS

Something is drastically wrong when a young woman is admitted to a public hospital for C-section delivery and dies on the operating table, allegedly because of negligence. And it's downright frightening when the attending doctors and nurses are suspended for only two weeks with pay, and blatantly refuse to cooperate with the investigation. This certainly raises a lot of concerns as, according to a newspaper report, even the former CEO stated via an exchange of emails that: "It is quite clear to me that we have breached the MOH policy on the management of high-risk cases" and, "…I will need to...

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