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A non-pro t swim club is seeking individual to coach
Competitive Team Swimming and Water Polo.
Requirements and Job Duties:
Individual must have university level education in
sports and athletics.
Should have minimum 5 years experience coaching
competitive swim and water polo teams.
Capable of planning and implementing swimming
and water polo programs.
Duties will include teaching swimmers, water and
dry land physical conditioning, swim meet referee,
instruct coaching techniques to subordinates and
understudy, and manage daily team activities.
Suitable applicants should send cover letter and resume no
later than 21st June 2013 to:
Ideas in Motion Limited
P.O. Box 4705, Arima
Applicants are also required to submit a copy of the
Chief Manpower O cer,
Ministry of Labour & Small and Micro Enterprises
Level 3, Duke Place,
50-54 Duke Street, Port of Spain.
Invites applications for a
Graduate Teaching post in
Interested persons please call for appointments ASAP
Call 623-8168 for an appointment0620075
Help is yet to come to little Faith
Davis, four years after leaked intra-
venous liquid almost burnt a hole in
her right hand when she was just
three days old and a patient at the
San Fernando General Hospital.
The black scar, a stark reminder of
that day on July 10, 2009, when she
was taken to the hospital for treat-
ment, is still visible on her dark skin,
in spite of promises of cosmetic sur-
But that s not the only problem.
Faith, who will turn four on July 8, is
small for her age and has a hearing
Her desperate mother, Mauren
Davis, blames it all on the injuries she
suffered at birth.
Faith continues to attend clinic at
the Princes Town medical facility and
at the paediatric clinic at the San Fer-
nando hospital. She needs speech
therapy but her parents do not have
the money to pay for the therapy,
which is not available in the public
Davis said Faith cries incessantly
and complains of pain in her hand
where she was burnt.
"Sometimes she stop just so and
bites her brothers and sisters...If you
just touch her (gently) she would start
to bawl and scream," Davis said.
"I don t know what to do, who to
turn to. This child need special atten-
tion, but up to now we never got any
kind of help or compensation for her."
Davis questioned the outcome of
an investigation the hospital was
ordered to do by then minister of
health Jerry Narace.
"At the time hospital authorities
told us there would have been an
investigation. No one ever told us what
was the outcome of that investigation.
We never got any satisfaction, we
never got no compensation and my
entire family is suffering."
At a news conference after the inci-
dent, then medical director Dr Stephen
Ramroop, now ODPM chairman,
assured that the wound was superfi-
cial. He said the skin damage, called
extravasation, could have happened
when baby Faith suffered a seizure.
"The bone would heal. Nothing is
wrong with the child s bones, nothing
is wrong with the limb. It is a super-
ficial burn that most of us would get
when we scald our hands. In this case
it was due to a fluid that leaked into
the tissue and damaged the skin,"
Ramroop said at the July 15, 2009,
Maintaining that there was negli-
gence in the care of her child and sub-
sequent attempts to cover it up, Davis
said she did not have the wherewithal
to pursue legal action.
She said attempts by attorney
Anand Ramlogan, the present Attorney
General, to represent the family and
recover damages never materialised.
Davis suffered a nervous breakdown
days after Faith s injury. Her husband,
Earl, who had to stay at home and
take care of Davis, Faith and their five
other children, lost his job and has
been doing odd jobs since then.
When attempts to get Ramlogan to
help failed, Davis said she and her
husband turned to former AG Ramesh
"He put us on to an attorney Kings-
ley Walesby, who wrote us a letter on
June 13, informing us to seek legal aid,"
The letter states in part: "Please be
advised that any potential claim to be
commenced either by yourself and/or
by Mr Earl Davis in relation to this
matter will become statute barred on
or before July 11, 2013."
The attorney said after this date,
Davis and her husband will be unable
to claim damages for the injuries to
However, Faith will still be entitled
to pursue her claim for up to four years
after she turns 18, the letter said.
Davis pleaded for anyone to help
"Please, please, I don t know how
much more of this I can take. My child
needs special care and what she went
through, no one should. Somebody
needs to compensate me and my child
for her pain and suffering."
SFGH Medical Director Dr Anand
Chatoorgoon has promised to review
the case and to see what assistance
the hospital can provide for the fam-
Four years after burns at Sando hospital...
Faith's parents cry out for help
Maureen Davis shows the scar from the burns her daughter Faith suffered shortly after birth.
PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
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