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Keisha Ayers never got the
chance to bond with her bouncing
The first-time mother died at 24,
mere days after giving birth via cae-
sarean section at the Women s Hos-
pital, Mount Hope.
Her common-law-husband, Juma
Charles, 30, says it all started on the
night of April 8, when he took her
to the hospital where she was admit-
After going through labour for
over 12 hours, Ayers, who endured
a full semester of nine months and
wanted to give birth naturally, was
taken to the operating theatre where
the C-section was done.
On April 9, at about 9.22 pm, baby
Daniel Charles was born. He was a
healthy baby and weighed close to
But Charles told the Guardian yes-
terday that he was told by doctors
that his baby boy had to be hospi-
talised for the next seven days
because the baby got infected with
bacteria in his blood and as a result
had to be placed on antibiotics.
Ayers, of Santa Rosa, Arima, was
subsequently discharged on April 13
during the lunchtime visiting hours.
"This is where it got strange
because Keisha, to me, was in no
way ready to be discharged.
"When she had called me that
morning she told me she was dis-
charged and had fainted while
changing her clothes. She also told
me she was vomiting constantly.
While there, she was given painkillers
and tablets for upset stomach,"
"Even when I went to the neo-
natal ward to pick her up, she was
vomiting while signing her docu-
ments and nothing was done by the
nurses or doctors there," he added.
Charles said when he took her
home, Ayers continued to complain
of excruciating pains and her legs
"I thought it was natural that
because of the C-Section she would
be experiencing pains for a few days
so I kept rubbing her with ointment
to help relieve the pain but it con-
tinued and grew worse. I even
noticed that her eyes were looking
sort of strange."
Charles said last Monday, they
got a call saying that the baby was
discharged. He explained that
because of the condition Ayers was
in, he decided to go to the hospital
by himself to receive the baby, but
while there was told that it was hos-
pital s policy for the mother to be
there to receive the baby.
He said he further explained to
the nurses and doctors but they
would not give him his baby.
Charles went back home and got
Ayers dressed and took her to the
"When I took her, she was in pains
and vomiting and they never even
checked up on her. They just gave
her papers to sign and then released
the baby. We went home after but
she was too weak and in extreme
pain. She vomited everything she
ate and drank."
On Friday, Charles said Ayers
condition worsened and she grew
weaker than usual.
"All this time I am thinking it is
because of the C-Section she was
like this but when I saw she got
worse I decided to take her to the
Charles got her dressed and held
her up as he tried to walk her to his
vehicle. Upon reaching the front
door of their home, Ayers fell on her
"She told me she was too weak
and couldn t go on. So I sat on the
floor with her and held her. I called
the ambulance and within 15 minutes
they arrived. But before the ambu-
lance got there I remember her body
feeling cold and I put my hand by
her nose to feel her breath but it was
very slight," he said.
Charles said when the paramedics
arrived they quickly placed her in
the ambulance and took her to the
Arima District Hospital.
"I followed with my car and when
I reached the paramedics told me to
go to the front and sign up some
documents. While I was there, one
of the paramedics came and told me
to come inside. That was when I
was told that she had died. She died
before they reached the hospital,"
Weeping, Charles called for
"I am broken with her gone. I
need answers from the doctors and
An autopsy will be performed on
Ayers body today at the Eric
Williams Medical Sciences Complex,
First-time mom dies after C-section
Autopsy today as baby's tearful dad demands answers
Keisha Ayers, 24
Sharing a moment during the 1970 Revisit of the Nelson Island Experience, hosted by the Ministry of
National Diversity and Social Integration, yesterday, were, from left, President of the National Joint Action
Committee (NJAC), Aiyegoro Ome, chairman of the National Trust of Trinidad and Tobago, Prof Winston
Suite; Liseli Dagga; Dr Efebo Wilkinson, detainee in the 1970 Black Power uprising; Clive Nunez, civil
activist and detainee in the 1970 Black Power uprising; and Khafra Kambon, former leader of the Black
Power Movement and chairman of the Emancipation Support Committee. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
The Congress of the People (COP)
will contest at least 13 seats in the next
COP political leader Prakash Ramad-
har yesterday told the Guardian that the
party will go after all the seats it con-
tested in the 2010 elections, and "pre-
liminary work" has started on the selec-
tion of candidates.
"We have an audit going through
every constituency we now occupy, to
look at the work of the incumbent MPs
and ascertain their state of readiness
and political preparedness," said Ramad-
har. "We have not announced yet the
date for screening, but every one of our
MPs and potential candidates will cer-
tainly have to undergo a screening
process, even myself as political leader."
In 2010, COP won six seats: Arima
(Rodger Samuel), D Abadie/O Meara
(Anil Roberts), Lopinot/Bon Air West
(Lincoln Douglas), San Fernando West
(Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan), St Augus-
tine (Prakash Ramadhar), and Tunapuna
But they received votes in seven other
constituencies: Arouca/Maloney, Diego
Martin Central, Diego Martin West,
Laventille East/Morvant, Laventille West,
Point Fortin and Port-of-Spain South.
This is according to an analysis of votes
in the Report of the Elections and
Boundaries Commission on the Parlia-
mentary Elections 2010, on the EBC
"We are contesting the seats we now
have, and others we contested on the
last occasion but did not yet succeed,"
Ramadhar said in an interview with the
Guardian at the COP s Sports and Family
Day yesterday, held at the George Boyce
Recreation Grounds in Arima.
"Many have given us burial rites
already, but as we proceed throughout
the nation, we realise now more than
ever that the COP is still there, and we
are proud of that. Because people truly
appreciate that having stayed in gov-
ernment, having sacrificed many things,
we were consistent in the commitment
we made in 2010, and we never left the
game. We continued on behalf of the
people," he said.
COP to contest at least 13 seats
Candidate selection still in early stages
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