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Parents of stillborn baby want answers

Published: 
Monday, September 1, 2014
Ravi Lal-Ramsingh hugs his mother Sylvia Ramsingh at the Batchyia cemetery in Penal where his stillborn baby girl was buried yesterday. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA

“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 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 has four grandsons and was anxiously waiting to hold her first grand-daughter.  “But my princess gone. That is God 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.

Speaking with T&T Guardian, Lal-Ramsingh said his wife remained home with an aunt, a nurse, who was monitoring her pressure. He called on Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan to intervene because he is not confident that a proper investigation will 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 alright 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 of the baby.