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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, January 2, 2016
Seven babies were born at the San Fer-
nando General Hospital (SFGH) on New
Year s day.
The first baby, a girl, was born at 1.55
am to Trisha Bridgemohan.
Speaking to reporters at her bedside yes-
terday, Bridgemohan gushed over her baby
She said she has already chosen a name
for the child, who came a few days late.
"Her name is Leah Esther," she said
Bridgemohan, 35, also has a 14-year-old
Asked how she felt to have the first baby
in South for the New Year, she said, "I am
just so happy, but I would have felt the
same no matter what day she was born."
Indranie Jaimungal, 23, and her husband,
Mark Jaimungal, welcomed their second
child at 3 am.
The bouncing baby boy, whom the
Tabaquite couple have named Daniel,
already has the full attention of his older
brother, three-year-old Dillon.
During an interview with reporters yes-
terday, Dillon sat on his father s lap and
stared at the baby, only sparing the cameras
surrounding his family a brief glance.
Indranie said she was admitted to SFGH
on Old Year s morning.
Her baby was already six days overdue.
"The due date was December 24, so we
were expecting him for Christmas," she
Asked how he felt, Mark said, "Thank
God everything worked out okay. New baby
for the new year."
Registered nurse Sandra Balgobin-Dwari-
ka got a chance to be on the other side of
the health care system yesterday when she
gave birth to her first child yesterday.
Dwarika said she had not chosen a name
yet for her baby girl. She said all she wanted
was for her daughter to be happy and suc-
cessful in life.
"We waited a long time for this baby
and I am very happy she is here."
However, it s not all joy for Dwarika and
her husband, who was sent home last
month when steel giant Arcelor Mittal shut
down its operations in T&T.
"He was laid off from Mittal last month
and, right now, I m still a nurse so we live
on my salary for right now," she said.
She said her husband worked as a bear
fitter at the company.
The other four women to give birth at
SFGH yesterday were Susan Poliah, who
welcomed a bouncing baby boy at 5.22 am;
Rima Ramcharan who had a baby girl at
6.37; Cheryl Roberts who also had a baby
girl at 6.45 am; and Asha Ramdass whose
son was born at 7.27 am.
Twenty-six-year-old Kelly Charles
wished for peace and prosperity as she
was the first to deliver a baby for the new
year at the Mt Hope Women s Hospital.
The mother of two delivered her second
child, baby Khaleah, at 12.28 am, yester-
Charles, a loans officer, who had a natural
delivery, said she would not be having anoth-
er child any time soon.
She said she was treated fairly at the hos-
pital and did not have any complaints.
Charles said she came to the hospital
before 8 o clock on Thursday night and did
not experience any problems during deliv-
ery.She said her husband was "excited" over
When questioned on the hope she has
for the future of her children, Charles said,
"Improvement in all areas, for love and
Shanwaitie Sidnauth, 22, was the second
to deliver a baby at 2.12 am, while Candice
Alexis, 27, delivered a girl at 2.26 am.
During the visit, several doctors were on
the ward taking care of the other patients
and asking them questions about their
Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh and
his wife, Sherma, visited the women and
greeted them with baby hampers.
He was accompanied by other members
of staff from the hospital and the ministry.
We can make it
if we try harder
In his New
Year s sermon to
called for lead-
the call during
his homily at the
Mass for the
New Year 2016
at the Our Lady
Church on Har-
San Fernando on
"Let us all,
especially our leaders both civil and religious
be persons of humility, not persons of arro-
gance and pride. Let us be true servants of
the people and be not engaged in careerism
which puts our own advancement first before
the needs of the people," he said. "Let us like
Jesus have a preferential option for the poor
and let us become one with them, instead of
worshipping the god, money."
He warned those in positions of power
against the evil of worshipping money.
"When money becomes our God, the more
money we have the more arrogant we become,
and the less we want to spend time with the
poor. It is no wonder that Jesus warns us You
cannot serve God and mammon ."
He said with God s grace, leaders can do all
necessary to save our people from being dehu-
manized. "And let us set about with God s
grace and under the influence of the Spirit,
doing all that is necessary to save our people
from all that dehumanizes, the lack of adequate
or the inability to access adequate health care,
from an education system which does not
allow persons to achieve their fullest potential
or a justice system that does not deliver true
justice, and a prison system which further
Harris said while everyone wants change in
our society, those who don t do the hard work
will continue on a path of self-destruction.
"We all want change in our society but
unless we are willing to do the necessary work
both as individuals and as society, we will
continue down the slippery slope to self-
The son of San Fernando, Stalin reminds
us We can make it if we try, just a little harder.
Let us try just a little harder to be less selfish,
let us try just a little harder to think of others,
especially the poor and indigent."
Harris said citizens need to work together
to bring peace to T&T.
"Let us try just a little harder to work togeth-
er, not thinking of who will get the credit but
of the good of our people.
You can be sure that the slide will stop and
we will begin to hear once again the footsteps
of Emmanuel, God, with us walking in our
fields and streets, in backadey and Beetham
and in the corridors of power and we will once
again be one people, Trinis all, living the peace
and harmony which Trinidad signifies and we
will all be able to truly sing God is a Trini. "
Archbishop Joseph Harris at
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Old Years Night Mass.
PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
Three give birth at Mt Hope
Lucky seven New
Year's babies at Sando
The San Fernando General Hospital welcomed seven babies on New Years Morning with the first being born at 1:55 am. New mothers
from, left, back row, Susan Poliah, Cheryl Roberts, Rima Ramcharan, Asha Ramdass, bottom row from, left, Trisha Bridgemohan, Indranie
Jaimungal and Sandra Balgobin-Dwarika. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
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