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People s National Movement
(PNM) operations officer Irene
Hinds, whose daughter died
hours after surgery, made an
impassioned plea, yesterday, for
the death of her daughter not
last C-section death in this
Hinds was speaking at the
funeral of her daughter, Kellane,
34, who died on Monday, hours
after the surgery at the Port-of-
Spain General Hospital.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Row-
ley, his wife Sharon, and other
government ministers were pres-
ent at the funeral to lend sup-
Standing in front of a scene
depicting photos of a beaming
Kellane during the final stages
of her pregnancy, Irene Hinds
spoke lovingly of her daughter
whom she described as the per-
fect mother to her seven-year-
old daughter Kimora, a Standard
Two pupil of Mucurapo Girls
"We were all supposed to wear
red for that photo shoot when
Kellane was pregnant but for
some reason, only known to her,
she changed the colour to white,"
Hinds told the packed congre-
gation as mourners, at the Holi-
ness Revival Ministries, Wood-
brook, also wore white in tribute
The young Cocorite mother
would have celebrated her 35th
birthday next month.
She gave birth to a healthy,
nine-pound baby boy, Kadon.
"My Kellane s death must be
the last C-section death," Hinds
Kellane was admitted to the
hospital around 8 pm on Sunday
and around 6 am the following
morning she was scheduled for
Hinds said while she was in
her bed praying for her daughter
on Sunday night she heard her
"I said my prayers and when
I went to bed I heard the dog
howling. I said to myself that
can t be for Kellane because Kel-
lane going to do a simple Cae-
sarean section," Hinds recalled.
As fate would have it Kellane
died mere hours after the oper-
In lauding her daughter s
numerous achievements, Hinds
said Kellane was a "leader in all
aspects of her life" and excelled
in every field in school, including
dance, pan, netball and drama.
She added that at one time
her daughter had aspired to be
either a policewoman or a fire
Camille Robinson-Regis, Min-
ister of Planning and Develop-
ment, who was also present
fought back tears as she bid her
final farewell to a woman well
loved in the Cocorite commu-
Robinson-Regis said it was
especially hurtful that Kellane
would never experience the joy
of holding her baby son.
"Her death has certainly
bewildered us and thrown us into
grief and we are now left with
the question---Why? Her passing
has left us a void not only in her
blood family but in our lives too,"
Robinson-Regis said, adding that
she was fortunate to see Kellane
grow up in the party.
She also gave Hinds the assur-
ance that her grandchildren
would not be neglected by the
PNM as they would be assisted
in every way possible.
"Because it was the PNM vil-
lage that assisted you in raising
Kellane. No task will be too dif-
ficult for us to bear. We give you
the assurance that just as you
have been present for us, helping
us to carry on through extremely
difficult times, we too will be
present for you. We know that
Kellane s death is especially sad
for you Irene because as parents
we never expect to bury our chil-
"Rather we expect that our
children bury us," Robinson-Regis
Kellane was laid to rest at the
Lapeyrouse Cemetery in Port-
Mother begs health authorities
Let my daughter be
last C-section death
Political Leader of the Unit-
ed National Congress Kamla
Persad-Bissessar will receive
her instrument of appointment
from President Anthony Car-
mona on Monday.
Her appointment takes place
two days before the first session
of the 11th Parliament of T&T.
The ceremony takes place at the
Office of the President, St Ann s,
at 2.30 pm.
Persad-Bissessar will lead an
18-member team of opposition
MP s, all of whom will recite the
ministerial oath prior to the offi-
cial start of the parliamentary
proceedings, scheduled to begin
at 1.30 pm.
A release from the Office of
the President yesterday stated
that Carmona on Tuesday
received correspondence from
opposition MPs who supported
Persad-Bissessar as Opposition
Leader and another indicating
her acceptance of the position.
Although several attempts
were made to contact Persad-
Bissessar over the past two days,
calls to her cellphone went
Kamla accepts Opposition Leader's post
After receiving an interim report into the
death of 34-year-old mother Kellane Hinds on
Monday, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh
says he will set up a committee to look into the
issue of maternal and infant mortality in T&T.
This is the third such committee established
within the past five years, while there have been
a number of other maternal and infant deaths
at local hospitals.
In 2011, a similar committee was set up to
investigate and make recommendations following
the death of Crystal Boodoo-Ramsumair.
Another committee was set up and recom-
mendations were made after the death of baby
Hinds died one day after undergoing a C-Sec-
tion to deliver her second child, a son, at the
Port-of-Spain General Hospital.
In an interview yesterday, Deyalsingh, who has
spent one week as Minister of Health, said he
intended to share the report with the Hinds
While he refused to say if there were any red
flags in the report, he said his main concern was
for the family.
"I have already spoken to the PS (Permanent
Secretary) about setting up an ad hoc committee
to look at this whole issue of maternal and infant
"It is an issue that needs to be ventilated and
addressed so that we don t have any other mother
or any other baby passing away unnecessarily,
unless it is some underlying condition," Deyalsingh
He said it was necessary to ensure there were
proper processes and policies in place to lead to
a decrease in maternal and infant mortality rates.
Asked why there was a need for yet another
committee, Deyalsingh said previous committees
were set up for specific instances while this new
committee would look at the entire process.
In 2011, the Maternity Services Review Com-
mittee, a multi-disciplinary team led by Dr Lack-
ram Bodoe, was established to review existing
practices, identify deficiencies, assess causes of
maternal and perinatal deaths, and recommend
measures for the improvement of access to and
quality of services delivered to expectant mothers.
Deyalsingh said the ministry would also rely
on reports compiled by previous committees.
T&T, according to Unicef statistics, has higher
rates of infant and maternal mortality as compared
to the rest of the region, despite economic devel-
In 2014, after sitting as a member of a team,
commissioned to investigate the death of baby
Cottle, neonatologist Petronella Manning-Alleyne
said the recommendations made in that report
were the same recommendations that had been
made "ad nauseam" in the past and vowed never
again to sit on another committee investigating
the death of a baby.
Committee to look
at maternal death
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley comforts PNM operations officer,
Irene Hinds, during her daughter Kellane's funeral service
yesterday. Also in photo are Prime Minister Rowley's wife Sharon,
left and Kellane's daughter Kimora. PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
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