Relatives of pregnant mother Kurleen Cooper are praying for the safety of her unborn child who faces life- threatening complications. Cooper suffered a dog attack on Tuesday. She remained warded yesterday in a serious condition at the High Dependency Unit of the San Fernando General Hospital.
Speaking at the hospital yesterday, Cooper's brother, James, said even though doctors made a skin graft on her right arm, in trying to save it, she was still experiencing excruciating pain. "She cannot move her fingers and she is in a lot of pain," James added. He said Cooper's baby was also in danger because of the heavy anaesthetics she got during her surgery.
"We are just praying she recovers and the baby survives," James said. Meanwhile, the dogs which were blamed for the attack, remained chained to the back of the owner's home at South Central Road, Point Fortin. The dogs could be heard barking loudly from the back of the businessman's unfenced house. A worker said the owner was in Port-of-Spain and had requested no media entered his yard.
"My boss got robbed five or six times. He keeps the dogs here as protection. These dogs are pets, They not vicious," the worker added. He denied the dogs attacked Cooper. "I was not here but I heard that it is somebody else dogs that bite her up," he said.
However, angry neighbours denied the claim, saying the businessman's dogs were responsible for several attacks over the past few months. Reggae singer Devon Samuels, also known as Prophet Benjamin, said: "I don't care who is vexed with me. This is not the first time that the dogs attack people. "Nobody can pass on that road without the dogs 'rushing' them. My son had to run and leave his slippers."
Saying Cooper must be properly compensated, Samuel said the dogs must be removed immediately from the owner's custody. "I understand robbers hold him up several times and he has to keep dogs for protection but he has to fence his yard because innocent people getting attacked," Samuels said.
Cooper's best friend, Kizzy Richardson, said Cooper was looking forward to her new baby. She added: "All she wanted was to have a healthy child. When I saw her she was not looking well and we are all praying for her and the baby." She also said the neighbour's dogs were vicious and expressed disappointment they were not taken away.
Point Fortin MP Paula Gopee-Scoon visited Cooper at hospital yesterday and spoke with relatives. Police said they were continuing investigations into the incident but declined to say whether any charges would be laid.