Trinidad – Toddler shot, fighting for life
PORT OF SPAIN – An 18-month-old child is currently fighting for his life at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex in Mt Hope after he was shot in the chest on Tuesday night at his Laventille home.
According to police reports, at about 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Tahera Kerr, 31, a nurse of Upper Laventille Road, Trou Macaque, was standing in her yard with her son, Taheen Dunbar, standing next to her.
Suddenly, several loud explosions were heard.
Kerr grabbed Taheen and ran for cover.
When the sound stopped, Kerr felt a burning sensation on her right leg and realised she had been shot. Her son began to cry out in pain and on looking down, she realised he had been shot in the chest.
The police and emergency health services were notified and both mother and son were rushed to the Port of Spain General Hospital for treatment.
However, Taheen’s condition was said to have been so serious, he had to be transferred to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex for emergency surgery.
Up to last night, Taheen was said to be hospitalised.
His mother was discharged that same night.
Speaking briefly to reporters yesterday, Kerr said the family was still in a state of shock, but they were doing a lot better than they were on Tuesday night.
“We are doing good now. Still not there yet but we are better than we were last night. He (Taheem) was shot in the belly. The doctor say everything is okay so far. We didn’t even realise he was shot at first. We were in the yard when all this happen. It was only when he started to scream and so on, we realised what happened,” Kerr said.