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Sunday Guardian www.guardian.co.tt May 24, 2015
After trying for nine years, Mohanie Phakira, 33,
of Felicity, Chaguanas, was finally able to conceive
and carry her first baby full term. However, some-
thing went terribly wrong during the ninth month
of her pregnancy, and Phakira s baby girl died two
days after birth via C-section.
Emotional and traumatised, Phakira is now planning
to take legal action against the Mount Hope Women s
Hospital. "I strongly believe that it was because of
negligence that I lost my baby, so I am now going
to leave it for the courts to decide. The emotional
and mental trauma I now have to live with is not
easy at all."
Baby Jaya Naomi Gayerpersad was born at the
Mount Hope Women s Hospital on February 6, at
about 5.04 pm, weighing just over eight pounds.
An autopsy performed on the baby s body revealed
she died from respiratory distress syndrome caused
by birth asphyxia. The autopsy was done at the mor-
tuary of the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex,
Mount Hope, on February 11, 2015.
Speaking with the Sunday Guardian after appearing
briefly on CNC3 s Crime Watch programme with
host Ian Alleyne on Thursday, Phakira said she was
given a letter by the hospital s clinic which indicated
that because she was suffering from high blood pres-
sure they would have to "take the baby from her via
C-section on January 23, 2015."
"But when that date came nothing happened, and
all that time I was in and out the hospital suffering
from high blood pressure," she said.
On February 5, 2015, Phakira went to the clinic at
the hospital were she was medically examined by a
doctor. "I found that she was little rough with me
and it pained a lot and when I told her, she said
that s why I was supposed to be having sex. I began
to bleed at that point. The doctor then went and
consulted with the senior doctor who instructed that
I be warded so that they could induce labour."
At about 7 pm labour was induced. Two hours
later, Phakira said her pains intensified.
"I felt my entire body getting numb, I was running
a high fever, I felt delirious and was left alone in a
room. I was told that the doctor would come at about
6 am to clip the water bag. However, she did not
come till about 8 am but my water bag was not
"I was in extreme pain and vomiting. I kept waiting
to see or feel water gushing down but never felt any-
thing like that.
"I began to pass out something green, it looked
like baby mess. I kept telling them that something
wrong but the nurses insisted that nothing was
wrong, that it was normal. I took their word for it
because it was my first time and I did not know
what to experience or what happens, but all I knew
was my body was tightening up on me and I was
From 8 am that morning, Phakira was put on a
waiting list for a wheelchair to take her to the delivery
ward, but it was not until 2.30 pm that a wheelchair
became available, and when they wheeled her to the
department she was told that the nurses were not
ready as they were changing shift.
"While there sitting on the wheelchair I fainted.
I don t know how long I fainted... I was then asked
if I was getting contractions and then they hooked
up the baby monitor on me and the pressure instru-
After trying to conceive for 9 years...
Mom loses baby after
C-section at Mt Hope
"I was told
not to bawl or
else I will be left
alone. One nurse
even asked me if I
wanted to go home
with a dead child. I was
Mohanie Phakira holds a photo of her
daughter Jaya Naomi Gayerpersad.
PHOTO: ROBERTO CODALLO
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