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Medical staff at the Pediatric
Ward at the Eric Williams Med-
ical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope,
yesterday came in for high praise
from Annie Arietas for saving
the life of her four-year-old
daughter, Nicola Dyer, who was
stung by a scorpion at her Mar-
aval home on Tuesday.
Despite there being no antidote
in the country, doctors battled
for over 12 hours on Tuesday after
she was brought in almost life-
Speaking with the T&T
Guardian yesterday at the hos-
pital, Arietas said she would be
forever thankful and grateful for
the dedication of hospital staff
but at the same time made a plea
for the authorities to get equipped
with antidote/anti-venom for
my child how I would have dealt
with it but I thank the doctors
and nurses for what they did and
how they sacrificed to save my
daughter," Arietas said.
Yesterday morning, little Nico-
la was moved from the Intensive
Care Unit to the Pediatric Medical
1 Unit, where she is said to be a
little agitated but resting com-
fortably. She is expected to be
However, her mother has since
vowed never to return to her
Maraval home, well, at least not
until little Nicola reaches 12 or
"This was a very frightening
experience for me. I am still shak-
ing from Tuesday. When that
happened to see that my child
could not even get up to walk I
had to keep telling myself hope
for the best, prepare for the
worst," Arietas said.
Recalling the events leading
up to the incident, Arietas said
on Tuesday morning she decided
to go to her home, which is in
a bushy area in the hills off Morne
Coco Road, as her temporary
home in Belmont had a power
She said while little Nicola and
her (Arietas ) two-year-old grand-
child were playing on a mattress
on the ground, her daughter just
burst out crying.
"I kept asking her what was
wrong, if she had hit her head
but she kept on saying no, no. It
was only then one of her big sis-
ters decided to make up the bed
when she saw a huge scorpion
among the ruffled sheets," Arietas
She said her daughter quickly
captured the scorpion in a glass
jar and rushed her to the Maraval
Health Centre. However, with no
ambulance available, one was
called in. To beat the time, two
security guards decided to take
the child and the mother in a pri-
vate vehicle where they met with
an ambulance on the way. The
child was then taken to the Port-
of-Spain General Hospital where
she was given Piriton and Gravol.
"She was real vomiting and
even before we left home she
couldn t even stand up on her
own. She was almost lifeless,"
After being stabilised, she was
then transferred to Mt Hope. It
was there doctors discovered that
Nicola s heart had already gotten
"More than one doctor was
called in and they really fight to
save her life. If it wasn t for them
I would have surely lost my child,"
Minister of Health, Terrence
Deyalsingh, when contacted on
the incident told CNC3 scorpion
anti-venom was not available in
T&T as yet. However, he did not
say when it would become avail-
He also clarified that anti-
venom has to be very specific,
"because what can be used for a
snake bite cannot be used for a
Accusing police of fabricating
a story to cover up his mother
Sona Lalloo s death, Jamere Lal-
loo says the officer who shot her
must account for his irrespon-
Lalloo, 80, died on an operating
table at the San Fernando General
Hospital at 11.15 pm Tuesday after
being shot in the head.
A police report stated that a
police constable attached to the
South Western Division Task Force
was chasing a man with a silver
object resembling a gun along
Johnson Trace around 7.45 pm
While climbing over a wire
fence it allegedly collapsed, causing
the officer to fall.
When his service pistol hit the
ground, the officer claimed it acci-
dentally discharged. The bullet
travelled approximately 50 metres,
pierced the plywood of Lalloo s
bedroom and struck her on the
side of her head.
Showing the bullet hole in their
Rancho Quemado home yesterday,
Jamere said he had a strong feeling
his mother could not survive the
"Doctors told us it was 50/50.
They said to expect anything,"
His emotions were both sorrow
and anger as he said the police s
account of his mother s death was
He denied police were chasing
any gunmen, saying he was lying
in his hammock when he saw the
officer approaching. He said the
fence that the officer claimed he
fell from had collapsed some time
ago.Jamere said he has already given
a report to senior South Western
Division officers and his sisters
would decide whether they would
approach the Police Complaints
Up until yesterday, the offending
officer remained on active police
duty and has been receiving sym-
pathy from his colleagues and the
Police Social Welfare Association.
He is expected to receive coun-
selling but Jamere said no one has
approached his family to deal with
He said he was not angry or
afraid but was focused on stem-
ming the bleeding. He said the
officer helped wrap Lalloo s head
with a piece of cloth but it took
almost an hour for an ambulance
to come and take her to the Siparia
District Health Facility.
The death hurt even more as
Jamere recounted the sacrifices
his mother made for her ten chil-
dren, saying they grew up poor
with no electricity or running
water. He said his mother would
toil for hours, harvesting cocoa
and coffee in the estates just to
"She now started to enjoy life,
now started to get her little pen-
sion so she could buy what she
"We did not grow up with a
TV, we had no current. Just the
other day she was telling me that
she now started to enjoy life. Look
how she come and died now.
"If she had died in her bed sick
or old, I could have understood
that but look how she just got
shot. We must get justice for this."
No anti-venom in T&T but...
Granny dies from gunshot...
Son contradicts police account
Jamere Lalloo shows the spot
yesterday where a police bullet,
which killed his mother Sona,
left, pierced their Rancho
Quemado home on Monday
night. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
A 32-year-old vegetable vendor was shot dead
at the Tunapuna market yesterday.
According to reports, around 6.30 am Anthony
Prince Noel, of Monte Grande, was setting up his
provision stall when he was approached by a man
whose face was covered with a burqa, an Islamic
veil worn by women.
The attacker shot Noel once and then eight
other times as he fell to the ground.
Eyewitnesses said the shooter then ran away
through the market and boarded a maxi taxi on
the Priority Bus Route (PBR), heading west. They
claimed that they could not identify the shooter
as they could only see his eyes through his disguise.
Noel was pronounced dead on the scene by a
District Medical Officer (DMO).
Speaking with reporters on the scene of the
shooting Noel s brother, Andy Thomas, said he
could not think of any reason why someone would
want to kill him.
"He don t be in beef with anyone. If you come
outside you might not even hear his mouth. I
don t know what would have caused this," he said
as he described his brother as a "hard working
"He was making a good life here. He never tell
us about any confrontation or anything like that
but I now hearing he and another fella had an
altercation in the market," Thomas said.
One eyewitness, who only spoke on the con-
dition of anonymity, said Noel had gotten into a
series of altercations recently with veteran vendors
over the positioning of his stall at the market.
Homicide detectives, who are yet to establish
a motive for the incident, could not confirm if
his murder was connected to the dispute with his
The market was cordoned off for hours as police
searched for clues.
So far, 151 people have been murdered for the
year. For the same period last year 128 were mur-
Investigations are continuing.
Vendor killed at
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