Primus died six weeks after giving birth due to
complications in delivery.
Chasarah will never know her mother Julieth Primus,
who died six weeks after giving birth.
Trudge died mysteriously after giving birth to a
Lutchman blames hospital staff for the death of her newborn
Julieth Primus will never again hold her baby girl in her
arms. She will not be around when baby Chasarah takes her
first steps or says her first words.
She will not be there to answer her questions when she starts
to enquire about the unusual circumstances surrounding her
mothers death six weeks after giving birth.
After all she suffered, Primus will never be just another
statistic in her daughters eyes.
Primus, 31, delivered her third child at Mt Hope Maternity
Hospital on May 15. There were no known complications and
she was discharged from the hospital on the same day.
But less than two weeks later she got seriously ill with
symptoms of high fever, abdominal pain and loss of appetite.
She was taken to Chaguanas health clinic where she was administered
drips. The doctor heard an echo in her heart and advised
her to go to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital.
sister was perfectly fine after having her baby. But she
just kept going down and we could not understand why.
was seeing my sister go from bad to worse and there was
nothing I could do about it. She could not breathe well,
speak properly or walk, said her bereaved sister Vanessa
She was submitted to a series of examinations at PoS General,
which failed to make any sort of diagnosis.
were baffled as to what was wrong with her. From the echo
in her heart they concluded she had acquired a bacteria
in one of the valves in her heart, which had caused a clotting
in the valve. But they could not give an explanation for
wanted to do an angiogram and clear the valve which we were
told would cost $120,000. But we were told she was too weak
to do the procedure.
She was eventually transferred to the Intensive Care Unit
where she remained paralysed and subdued for
three weeks, until succumbing to her ultimate death.
doctor assumed she died of heart complications but he was
not sure. So he recommended an autopsy.
The pathologist explained to the family, she said, that
remnants of the placenta had been left in her uterus, which
eventually poisoned her system, leading to pneumonia.
But the death certificate only stated she died of right-sided
want the country to be aware of what is going on in the
health system. Even though there may be a lot of doctors
who care, there are a lot more who dont care about
want doctors to know it is humans you are dealing with.
Even though they deal with hundreds of cases a day, each
is a unique and precious life.
sister was not just another statistic, she asserted.
Primus case is just one of several reports of alleged
negligence in the nations health institutions.
People were appalled when the press broke the story of a
woman who delivered a baby at Mt Hope Maternity on July
5 and went home and delivered another baby three days later.
No one, including the hospital staff, knew she was carrying
twins. The first baby died a few minutes after the Caesarian
delivery and the second was stillborn.
Two ultrasounds done in April and a week before the hospital
delivery failed to pick up the sound of two heart beats.
It was reported that a piece of afterbirth was left inside
of her following the birth of the first twin.
There was another newspaper report of a woman who became
paralysed a few months after the delivery of her third child
at Mt Hope Maternity Hospital last July.
Abigail Edwards, 27, who is currently warded at PoS General
Hospital, cannot walk or talk properly due to complications
following the Caesarian delivery of her baby girl on July
An ultrasound confirmed that pieces of placenta had remained
in her body after the delivery.
Edwards subsequently developed an abscess in her brain and
has to be fed through a tube.
The recent deaths of a mother and her newborn at PoS General
Hospital sent shock waves through family members and the
young womans colleagues at Mega Brite Industries Ltd.
Charmaine Trudge, a 39-year-old mother of three, was admitted
to Port-of-Spain General Hospital with high blood pressure
on July 28.
Trudge, who was three days overdue at the time, died on
August 2. Her baby was stillborn.
was in plenty pain and her hands and feet were swollen.
We pleaded with the doctor to induce labour but they keep
saying they waiting for she pressure to stabilise. But
even when it did they refuse to operate and take out the
baby, said her husband Edmond.
Edmond believes the baby had been dead inside her for two
is when I realise the baby stop moving, he said.
Baby Noah, who was buried in the arms of his mother in the
same coffin, was registered as an anatomically normal stillbirth.
Trudges autopsy results are pending an histology and
To be termed stillbirth the baby will either have died in
the womb or during labour, according to an obstetrician.
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