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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

There’s been so much criticism of doctors in the past fortnight that I hesitate to add fuel to the fire but a publication last week from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is too important to ignore. I have refrained from commenting on the Caesarean-section affair at Mt Hope until the facts are out, if they ever are, now that the AG is involved. I had thought the first thing to do was a medical investigation. What are the AG and a judge doing getting involved at this stage? That picture of a black garbage bag containing a dead foetus must have thrilled anyone having breakfast, especially since it was strategically placed on the ground. Great move by the photographer.    

It is beyond me to accept that any competent person at the hospital could have simply taken the foetus, put it into a garbage bag and handed it to the mother: “Here!” If that is so then we are truly lost. In addition the person or people involved must be severely disciplined. There must have been some sort of conversation. “What do you want to do?  Would you like us to dispose of the body? Do you want to bury the baby?” This is the norm. People at the hospital are people just like us. Despite the old talk they are Trinidadians, trying to do their best. At the end of the day, they have to walk down Charlotte Street, shop, get a maxi, face their neighbours. Are you trying to tell me that they are so hardened and bold-faced that they would hand a dead baby to the mother and not tell her? Nah, something is wrong with that story.


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