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An x-ray machine used by the
School of Veterinary Medicine at
the Eric Williams Medical Sciences
Complex (EWMSC) has been shift-
ed to the Operating Theatres at the
EWMSC for patients seeking urgent
The move comes after the EWMSC's
three Siemens X-ray machines went out
of commission last month.
Two of the machines were utilised for
over three years, while the third ma-
chine is over a decade old. The machines
stopped working weeks apart.
Karla Georges, head of the Department
of Basic Veterinary Sciences, said the
"instrument was taken over from the vet
school to the human hospital (EWMSC).
Human health would take precedence
over animal health. The machine would
do the same function. It is nothing inva-
sive or anything like that."
Georges said within two weeks the ma-
chine should be returned to the school.
She said the unavailability of the machine
was not causing any disruption of animal
A source at the hospital, who request-
ed anonymity, said that after the three
machines conked out, many surgeries in
urology, orthopaedic and neurology had
to be put on hold. Also, emergencies sur-
geries were delayed.
"This was clogging the system with
surgeries and patients were complaining
and suffering everyday. The situation was
becoming chaotic. This led to one surgeon
who visited the vet school and asked if
they can use one of their X-ray machines
to carry out their operations. The request
was facilitated at the end of April."
The source said the machine was
wheeled into the operating theatre with-
out being sanitised prompting protest
from surgical nurses.
North Central Regional Health Author-
ity CEO Davlin Thomas said the power
outage at the hospital experienced on
April 27 could have led to two of its X-ray
"The supplier quickly brought in the
parts and as we speak they are being re-
paired," Thomas said last Friday.
By the end of this week, Thomas said
the machines are expected to be back in
service. Thomas refused to say how many
X-ray machines were not operational at
the hospital. He said the position of the
hospital was to provide uninterrupted
service to its patients.
"We have a bio medical department and
sterilisation department and they would
have ensured that they provide interven-
tion to facilitate the surgeries that have
to occur. So when those equipment go
down we have built-in contingencies that
Thomas said the hospital would not
carry into a theatre an X-ray machine
with blood and animal hair on it.
Animal X-ray machine
on loan at Mt Hope
"With him not here the smile
on my face is gone. I can't mus-
ter the strength to go to church
any more. Most times I cry be-
cause there are no answers. That
loss can never be replaced. It has
left a deep hole in my heart," she
Leacock said the family has
a theory as to why Jerry was
gunned down but no infor-
mation has been forthcoming
from the police. "Jerry's killing
has become another unsolved
murder. We need closure on his
death," she said.
The pain is still raw for Guy
who could not hold back the
tears still mourning the mur-
der of her 22-year-old daughter
WPC Nyasha Joseph.
The petit police officer had
been missing for several days
before her decomposing body
was found near the mouth of
the Caroni River on March 15.
Guy, 56, said: "Is as if my
insides have been ripped to
shreds. Nobody knows how I
does feel. This is a hard blow
. . .ablowIamnotsureIwill
"People saying that time
will heal all wounds, but I am
not sure. She was really close
tome. . .closerthanmyother
Guy wept as she described
the relationship she had with
the daughter she affectionately
called Ny Ny. She said they used
to talk to each other every single
day. "Most times Ny Ny would
call me and say not to worry. She
used to come and comb my hair.
"She was trying to help me
fix up the house. Ny Ny started
to buy gravel to do some ren-
ovations, but now everything
has been left on hold because I
can't function. I feel so empty
inside," she said.
Guy said she is trying to hold
herself together for Joseph's
four-year-old daughter, Sky-
lar, who has been living with
her since she was a baby.
"Skylar is a smart little girl
and she knows her mother has
died and will not come back.
Sometimes she asks questions
I don't have answers to."
Guy said Skylar brought home
a Happy Grandmother's Day
card she made in school last
Tuesday. "When she handed
me the card I just started to
cry because she no longer has
a mother to give this card to. We
are both suffering in silence and
we don't know when this grief
will go away."
From page A11
Paula Guy and her daughter Nyasha Joseph in happier times
Not all wounds are healed by time
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