Grieving parents seeking answers to baby’s death
PORT OF SPAIN –– “Something went horribly wrong and I want answers,” cried 26-year-old Ravi Lal-Ramsingh at the funeral of his baby girl. Lal-Ramsingh and his wife Vishwanie, 25, who are blaming medical negligence for their baby’s death, bade a tearful goodbye to their firstborn at their Princes Town home.
The service for baby Sara, who was born dead at the San Fernando General Hospital, was held under Hindu rites.
“Everybody rushes to make children, but I waited so long because I wanted to make sure I could give my child everything and look what happen,” cried Lal-Ramsingh as he hugged his mother Sylvia.
The grandmother said she had four grandsons and was anxiously waiting to hold her first granddaughter.
“But my princess gone. That is God’s work,” she said.
Vishwanie, who was discharged from hospital on Friday could not attend the burial of her baby at Batchyia Cemetery in Penal because her pressure was high. Lal-Ramsingh called on Minister of Health Dr Fuad Khan to intervene because he was not confident that a proper investigation would be done.
“No one from the hospital call us yet,” he said. He said the autopsy performed at the hospital’s mortuary on Saturday stated the cause of death was retro placenta haemorrhage, intra uterine asphyxia and maternal hypertension in pregnancy.
Lal-Ramsing said on Wednesday he was assured by a doctor that everything was all right with his wife and child and he had nothing to worry about. He said when his wife began experiencing pain on Wednesday, the nurses gave her injection and told her she was not ready to deliver. “When I come Thursday, [the doctor] tell me it appears the child pass.”
The South West Regional Health Authority has launched an investigation into the death.