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Outrage over man dying
Patient saw body
he saw when an
man" was be-
ing taken out
of an ambu-
lance by securi-
ty officers at the
Hospital and left in
the hospital's carpark.
Kevin Ramoutar, a regis-
tered patient of the Accident
& Emergency department who
was still awaiting medical at-
tention by health care provid-
ers of the hospital up to last
night, corroborated aspects
of an earlier account shared
on Facebook by Lystra Alexis.
Alexis' video showed Chris-
topher Phillip, 80, writhing in
the carpark of the hospital mo-
ments after he was discharged
from the hospital, sparked out-
Hospital authorities claimed
that Phillip sought medical at-
tention at the A&E for a sec-
ond time, but left on his own
accord before being examined
by a doctor.
That was when, according to
Ramoutar, he observed Phillip's
lifeless body being brought in
an ambulance and saw two
MTS security guards lifting
him out and placing him on
the ground of the car park just
Phillip's body was sprawled
on front lawn of the hospital's
"After they drove off, I went
to check on him but he was not
moving. The man was practi-
cally dead. I wasn't seeing
any facial reaction and no
movement of the stomach,"
Ramoutar said he was
brought into the hospital in an am-
bulance and registered at the A&E
to have his colostomy bag changed,
but was turned away by nurses who
told him he was smelling bad and
could not provide medical care.
Ramoutar said he was not ward-
ed and decided to spend the night
on a public bench opposite the A&E
department when he witnessed
Phillip being dumped on the hospi-
tal grounds by the security guards.
"I still here with all my things
and I still have not been attend-
ed to. I don't know what to do,"
Yesterday, chief executive officer
of the North West Regional Health
Authority (NWRHA), Sheldon
Cyrus, denied that the hospital
ill-treated or "forcibly removed,"
Phillip who lived alone.
The NWRHA in a press release
stated that they were deeply dis-
turbed by the event and extended
condolences to his relatives.
"We would like to assure them
and members of the public that
every effort is being made to com-
plete the investigation within the
shortest time frame," the release
Many described Phillip's treat-
ment as inhumane, uncaring, in-
sensitive, disgraceful, wicked and
Contacted yesterday, Deyalsingh
refused to speak on the matter. "I
would let the NWRHA comment
on that," Deyalsingh said.
RADHICA DE SILVA
Hours after saying goodbye to
his mother, Barrackpore mechanic
Jeremy Balkaran died after the air-
bag from a truck he was repairing
inflated unexpectedly, fracturing
Balkaran, 36, of Poui Trace, died
around 3.10 pm
while being treat-
ed at the San Fer-
Police said Bal-
karan, who was
port, was at
place at Cu-
moto Trace, Barrackpore, when
he started doing repairs on the truck.
His employer Seer Ali said he was
repairing the truck when the airbag
engorged, knocking him unconscious.
He was immediately taken to the hospi-
tal where his co-workers and relatives
gathered, hoping for a miracle.
Ali said the tragedy had left a hole in
the hearts of everyone.
The mechanic's mother Surajie Bal-
karan said her son was the sole bread-
winner of the family following the death
of her husband, Narine Balkaran, seven
"He was my support. He was a
hard-working son. He loved to make
people happy. He was always jolly,"
Balkaran's best friend, Ricardo Rag-
bir, said he loved to hunt and make
A team from the Occupational Safety
and Health Authority visited the com-
pany yesterday and interviewed work-
ers. An autopsy is expected to be done
on Balkaran's body today at the Forensic
Science Centre in St James.
PCs Narine and Roopchan from the
Barrackpore police station are contin-
Eyewitness Kevin Ramoutar
Christopher Phillip who died outside the Port-of-Spain General Hospital.
June 20 is budget day in Tobago.
THA Secretary for Finance and the
Economy Joel Jack will present the
Budget estimates for the fiscal period
2017/2018 at the Assembly's Legisla-
ture from 10 am.
The announcement was made at the
post-Executive Council news confer-
This will be the first presentation
under the new Kelvin Charles admin-
istration and Jack said it will be pre-
sented with a difference. In 2016, the
THA presented a $5.3 million budget.
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