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Opposition MP Dr Amery
Browne has called Health Min-
ister Dr Fuad Khan s comments,
with respect to the sextuplet s
parent Kieron Cummings, as
"reprehensible and insensitive."
The father of the children in an
exclusive T&T Guardian report
said he wished he had sought
medical treatment abroad.
In an emailed response to the
T&T Guardian yesterday, Browne
said, "In recent times this Minister
of Health has been floundering
from issue to issue with no appar-
ent strategic direction. His manner
of public communication and dis-
course with the parents who lost
two of their babies was totally rep-
rehensible and insensitive."
Former minister of gender, youth
and child development Verna St
Rose-Greaves in a Sunday
Guardian report described Khan s
comments as "nasty, egotistical
and unbecoming of a minister and
St Rose-Greaves also posed sev-
eral questions to the minister
among them a nursing council plan
that was supposed to have been
devised for care of the babies.
Browne, in his response said,
"The minister seems to feel that
the expenditure of taxpayers dol-
lars by the Government should
trigger personal gratitude towards
the Prime Minister and ministers
like himself and somehow should
indemnify them from critique and
He said Khan s response explains
the Government s attempt to asso-
ciate itself with the multiple births.
"This actually helps explain their
mad rush to associate themselves
with what was at first claimed as
the medical success of these mul-
tiple births and his attitude is mir-
rored by several other PP ministers
who only get involved when there
is opportunity for self promotion."
Browne advised Khan to keep
his personal reflection of Cum-
mings to himself and to, "confine
his public energies to improving a
health system that often causes
more suffering than it prevents."
Despite having a heart condition,
Couva mother Nickilar Thomas, 20,
delivered a baby girl at the San Fer-
nando General Hospital, yesterday.
She was one of eight women who
gave birth at the hospital. Thomas s
baby weighed nine pounds and is
Thomas said Destiny s premature
arrival was the best Mother s Day gift
she could ever receive. She said Des-
tiny came two weeks earlier than
scheduled and is her first daughter.
While she admitted to having a
"normal" pregnancy, Thomas said
she was happy that her delivery did
not have any complications. She said
on Friday she was rushed to hospital
because of high blood pressure. As
a precaution, the doctors kept her
for observation. However, on Saturday
night she started getting labour pains.
The baby was born around 4 am.
Hugging her baby, Thomas said,
"I feel very happy. My cousins are
excited too and they are coming to
check me at hospital later."
Thomas s mother Nathalie Nurse
said the arrival of the baby was noth-
ing short of a miracle. She explained
that Thomas had a defective valve in
her heart and during her pregnancy,
her family was very worried.
"She can t walk fast, she gets tired.
She cannot work and I am the only
one working so I support her," Nurse
said. Thomas has a four-year-old son
named Jeremiah. She said they were
lucky that both mother and baby
were healthy. Nurse, a cook in Point
Lisas, said she needed assistance to
care for the child. Anyone wanting
to help Thomas can contact her at
All of the mothers who delivered
babies at the hospital were given
hampers containing baby diapers and
Visitors to Matelot look at a dead leatherback turtle which washed ashore on Saturday. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
Mom with heart condition delivers 'miracle' baby
Twenty-year-old Nickilar Thomas who delivered a baby girl at San
Fernando General Hospital, yesterday. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
For gender studies lecturer
Gabrielle Hosein, Mother s Day raises
many issues, among them, the need
for an improved health care system.
In a telephone interview yesterday,
Hosein, who lecturers at the Institute
for Gender and Development Studies
at the University of the West Indies,
said the country needed to look at
improving its health care system espe-
cially as it relates to maternal health
The need for protection-such as
implementation of the Children Bill-
which would assist children and which
would make the life of mothers easier.
Safe transportation for mothers and
by extension women also needs to be
looked at, Hosein said.
Hosein said Mother s Day raises the
question of mothers who earn unequal
pay even though they do equal work.
The questions, she said, are also raised
for women who are grandmothers and
other women as well. She said women
in the Caribbean have had a long his-
tory of rearing children who are not,
biologically, their own and who may
not even be related to them and these
women should also be honoured.
Whether it was dinner, spending
time with their families, or taking some
"me time," mothers and mothers to
be-like other mothers throughout the
world- celebrated Mother s Day.
Greetings and well-wishes were
expressed on popular social networking
sites such as Twitter and Facebook.
On Twitter, The United Nations
Children s Fund (UNICEF) tweeted,
"No matter the language, one simple
word means the same thing means the
same thing around the world. Happy
Mother s Day."
Local celebrities such as Nadia Bat-
son used the site to send greetings to
mothers across the country. Batson
tweeted, "That s the toughest and most
underrated job in the world but we
Some mothers like Bernadine Lewis
opted to take some time for themselves
and then spend the rest of the day at
home in the company of their families.
Lewis, who strolled casually along
Queen Street, was returning from a
Mother s Day service at Sacred Heart
Church, Richmond St, Port-of-Spain
when she briefly spoke to the T&T
Guardian. Lewis said she enjoyed the
service which spoke directly to mothers
and hoped to spend the rest of the
day with her family.
Likewise, Hermese Toppin, her
mother, Edris Toppin visited Trinidad
from the sister isle, Tobago. The Toppin
family, along with niece and nephew,
were seen walking along the Brain Lara
Promenade. The Toppin family came
to Trinidad with the Roxborough Youth
Club. They had breakfast and dinner
as part of the family s recognition of
Mother s Day.
Teenager Darielle Telesford, of St
Barb s, Laventille, planned a Sunday
meal for her mother Stephanie Ganga.
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