Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 24th 2015 Contents Over the past few days there has
been overwhelming support for baby
Daniel, whose mother, Vanessa Keisha
Ayers, died following a C-section at
the Women s Hospital, Mount Hope.
Members of the public have been call-
ing the T&T Guardian and leaving mes-
sages on our Facebook page, openly
expressing their love and support for
One such person, Port-of-Spain res-
ident Crystal Alleyne, said the story
touched her heart, especially when she
saw the T&T Guardian s front page
photo on Tuesday of the baby s father,
Juma Charles, holding his first child in
"When I saw him holding his baby
I saw the pain, worry and love in his
eyes. It made me think of my little boy
and how it will be if I wasn t here for
him. Though I am a stranger to him
(Charles) I don t want him to feel like
he is alone in this. I wanted to help in
whatever way I could," Alleyne said.
Anyone willing to reach out to Charles
and baby Daniel by offering any kind
of support can contact, Charles brother,
Kambon, at 727-7685.
Ayers, 24, died days after giving birth
to baby Daniel via C-section at the Mt
Hope Women s Hospital. The first-time
mother developed blood clots as a result
of the procedure done on April 9.
The T&T Guardian understands that
several reports have been completed and
submitted to Minister of Health Dr Fuad
Khan and North Central Regional
Authority chairman Dr Rampersad
Parasram for review.
Efforts to contact Khan and Parasram
for comment yesterday were unsuc-
cessful as calls to their cellphones went
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LEATHER CHAIR WITH
"Why isn t mummy here?"
This is a question that often comes
from the tiny lips of four-year-old
To this, Lorne Ramsoomair, her
father, often replies to Danielle and her
two older siblings --- Christian, nine,
and Sarah, five --- saying: "Mummy is
in Heaven and will always be there
watching over us."
Little Danielle has never known her
mummy, Crystal Boodoo-Ramsoomair,
as she died after giving birth to her via
a C-section at the San Fernando Gen-
eral Hospital on March 4, 2011.
Speaking with the T&T Guardian at
his Couva home, Ramsoomair said the
story about 24-year-old Keisha Ayers,
who died days after a C-section,
brought back bad memories for him.
"This is just awful. It is very sad,"
Reliving his experience of four years
ago, he became emotional and with
tear-filled eyes said: "Crystal and I
have been together since in our teens.
She was and still is my first and only
"When this happened to her my
entire life crumbled. To lose a lifetime
companion is not easy. She was the
perfect wife and mother. My children
--- Christian and Sarah --- have very
fond memories of their mother and
would cry for her at times.
"I still do, after four years. Every
night after the kids have gone to bed,
I would cry...I have to show that I am
strong for them."
Being a single-parent for Ram-
soomair is not a bed of roses. He said
being a father with a motherly role had
taught him a lot over the years, since
it is more than just feeding his children,
nurturing them and making sure they
"It is making sure that they are grown
up with values and respect. Making sure
that I take them to church and emotion-
ally being there for them," he added.
Reaching out to Ayers common-law-
husband, Juma Charles, Ramsoomair
advised him to trust in God.
"Pray and trust God. He is the one to
take away the pain and help you through
this. The pain doesn t go on your own
but with time it eases and you will be
better able to cope."
Ramsoomair also shared a message to
others who have been in his position and
who will unfortunately have to go through
what he went through four years ago.
"This is not politics but every Trinida-
dian should stand up for all the wrong
things. Do not be afraid to take action.
Maybe by doing this the authorities and
those carrying out the works will carry
out their duties carefully and with pride,"
Boodoo-Ramsoomair, 29, a mother of
three, died at the San Fernando General
Hospital on March 4, 2011 after under-
going a C-section procedure during the
birth of her third child.
Following her death, her husband,
Lorne, filed a lawsuit against the South
West Regional Health Authority
(SWRHA), which operates the hospital,
and the doctors who treated his wife
before her death.
On November 2, 2012, the SWRHA,
through its attorneys, accepted institu-
tional liability for Ramsoomair s death.
The authority admitted it failed to pro-
vide proper medical and ancillary services
to her. As a result of the admission of
negligence, a judgment was entered
against the SWRHA and damages were
ordered to be assessed by a master of
the High Court.
Four-year C-section death case...
Girl still asks
for her mom A lawyer and his wife
were released on bail
after appearing in court
yesterday charged with
fraud and tax evasion.
Lal Krishna and Vidia
Doodnath, of Igneri Road,
Valsayn, were not called
upon to plead to the two
charges when they
appeared before Chief
Magistrate Marcia Ayers-
The couple, both
dressed in black business
suits, huddled together in
the prisoner enclosure of
the Port-of-Spain Eight
Magistrates Court as
Ayers-Caesar read the
They are accused of
undervaluing a multi-mil-
lion dollar property in
Westmoorings to reduce
the amount of stamp duty
owed to the Board of
Inland Revenue (BIR)
from the purchase.
The offence occurred
when Lal Krishna alleged-
ly presented a fraudulent
property valuation doc-
ument at BIR s South
regional office at Cipero
Street, San Fernando, on
September 20, 2012.
According to the
charge, the $6.2 million
property at Regents Drive,
$2,750,000 which saved
the couple over $250,000
in stamp duty. The illegal
valuation was allegedly
prepared in the name of
a non-existant company
A warrant was issued
for the couple when the
discrepancy was discov-
ered by criminal tax
Ramdeo and his col-
leagues at the BIR s Crim-
inal Investigation Depart-
In his application for
bail, the couple s lawyer,
Larry Williams, asked that
they be released on their
own recognisance because
police prosecutors admit-
ted they both had clean
agreed, saying strict bail
conditions were necessary
due to the nature of the
Lal Krishna, an attor-
ney for over 37 years, was
granted $750,000 bail
while his wife, a retired
Outpouring of love for baby Daniel, dad
Juma Charles says a final
farewell to his late wife,
Vanessa Keisha Ayers,
during the funeral service
on Wednesday at her home
at Navet Village, Rio Claro.
PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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