By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – A 30 – year – old mother continues to feel the pain over the loss of her baby girl, whom she said, died due to the negligence of nurses and doctors along with an unstaffed operation room at the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH).
Teresa Lalltoo of Pouderoyen West Coast Demerara struggled to hold back tears during her interview with iNews, as she related the horrifying experience at the hospital.
She said that on April 18 at approximately 19:30 hrs, she was rushed to the maternity unit at WDRH after experiencing intense pain. Upon arrival, she was placed to sit in the waiting area, where she claimed that “little to no attention” was paid to her up to the point where she was asked by a nurse if she was there to “put on a show.”
Thirty minutes later she was examined by a nurse, admitted to the hospital and informed that she should be ready to deliver the baby between 1 – 2 am the next day.
However, the following morning the baby was still not born and a decision was taken to induce labour. The mother told iNews she informed the doctors and nurses that from her last experience with her first child, she does not feel any pain when labour is induced.
According to the woman, she was placed on a more concentrated volume of oxytocin drips and was told by a doctor [name provided] that “this would be an experiment” since he had not encountered a mother who failed to progress or feel pain with the drips.
After no results, the mother noted that the nurses decided to “clip her water bag”; however instead of just the amniotic fluid coming out, a portion of the umbilical cord followed and ended up being lodged in the vagina.
She noted that the doctors rushed into the room and attempted to place the cord back within the uterus but were unsuccessful; instead the woman’s cervix and pelvic outlet were damaged.
It should be noted that a procedure such as this should have been performed in an operating theater; however the mother noted that her family was informed that there was no staff available to man the theater.
At this time, the mother noted that her baby’s heart rate dropped from 165 beats per minutes to 45 beats per minute and a decision was then made to transfer her to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).
Unfortunately, the baby died while on the way to the GPHC. The mother delivered the still born at 2:30am on April 20 at the GPHC. She was then transferred to the post natal ward where she was not only made to share a bed with another person but was forced to look at new mothers with their bouncing babies.
The mother plans to take legal action against the hospital and its doctors.
“I want justice for my child; the doctors should be fired and charged,” the grieving woman told iNews.
She said her brothers visited the doctor who “experimented” on her, but he closed his doors when they arrived.