Mother of baby who cracked skull on hospital floor contemplating legal action

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By Ramona Luthi

The mother of the baby who suffered a fractured skull after falling on the Georgetown Public Hospital’s (GPH) floor about a month ago is contemplating taking legal action against the medical facility which she blames for the tragedy.

Nyesha Hamilton went into labour and gave birth on August 21, 2016 at the said hospital.

Nyesha Hamilton and her baby
Nyesha Hamilton and her baby

According to the woman, she arrived at the hospital at approximately 22:00hrs and was examined by two doctors who informed her that she “was 4cm and then 5cm.”

Shortly after, Hamilton said that she started to bleed and upon informing the nurses, was told that the two doctors who examined her previously said she had not “reached 10cm yet,” and she would have to wait another four hours before it was time to have the baby.

Hamilton told INews that following this, she felt her water bag burst. “I feel meh water bag burst. The baby went coming down and I call for the nurses.”

However, she was told that there were no wheelchairs available and would have to walk to the labour room.

“Two steps away from the door to the labour room, I feel like I couldn’t walk anymore so I stoop down, and I feel the baby fall on the ground and knock he head on the right hand side,” the mother said.

Chief Medical Officer, Shamdeo Persaud
Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Shamdeo Persaud

After seeing the baby on the floor, Hamilton recalled that the nurses refused to pick the child up and instead told her to pick up her baby, which she did.

The mother of the child said that after this incident, the nurses proceeded to act as if nothing had happened, and did not give the baby a check-up. It was only when the baby’s head started swelling the following day, that it was discovered that he had suffered a fractured skull.

Hamilton was later informed that the fracture will take up to six weeks to heal.

Speaking to this online publication earlier today, the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Shamdeo Persaud highlighted that he had not yet received the final assessment report on the matter.

However, he noted that the medical officials should have been better equipped by the third stage of the delivery (which would have been the expulsion of the child from the birth canal).

He further stated that without the final assessment, he could not make official pronouncement on the matter.

 

 

2 COMMENTS

  1. Gross negligence of the nurses and doctors attending, as the poor womann gave full warning of the immediate birth of the baby, and for the nurses not to show any concern and not even to examinet the patient, before telling her to walk to the delivery room, shows callous and unprofessional behaviour.The medical staff, but especilly the nurses should br seriously reprimanded, and the woman should be compensated for the babies fractured skull and for her trauma caused ,by this entirely preventable incident.I hope the baby would have undergone a Cat Scan to ensure there was no bleeding in , or damage to the infants brain.I also hope this baby wil be monitored by your neuro surgeons, to ensure that the fall would not show symthoms later, that will negatively impinge on the babies future.
    If they (THE GPHC), do little or nothing.I hope a senior counsel will take this womans case Pro Bono.

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