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The president of the
Federation of Red
Cross and Red
Tadateru Konde, of
Japan, chats with
Julio Orozco, director
of sustainable tourism
of the Association of
(ACS), before a
meeting at the ACS
office, St Clair, Port-
KRISTIAN DE SILVA
Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan
says the Neo-natal Intensive Care
Unit (NICU) at the Eric Williams
Medical Sciences Complex, Mt
Hope, did everything possible to
save Persia, one of the sextuplets
born prematurely on March 4 to
Keron Cummings and Petra Lee
Persia, the last of three sextu-
plets who were hospitalised after
birth, died yesterday at 12.40 am
according to sources who wished
to remain anonymous. Persia was
four months old.
Khan, in a telephone interview,
said from a verbal report he
received, he understood Persia suf-
fered from an increased fontanelle
(the gap between the bones of a
baby s skull). Khan said this con-
dition seemed to indicate Persia
had hydrocephalus (defined by
Wikipedia as water on the brain).
Khan said she also had "a con-
genital malformation of the lungs"
and as a result, her lungs were
smaller than they should have
been, so as Persia grew she was
unable to breathe on her own.
He said the baby s death had
nothing to do with the quality of
care she received.
"No matter what part of the
world she was in, I doubt they
could give her a new lung or brain."
He said the three remaining sex-
tuplets are at home "thriving and
doing very well."
Khan said as far as he was aware
both parents had been informed
of Persia s condition and were
given information and made aware
of what was going on as the
"The neo-natal unit did all that
was possible to save her," he said.
Chairman of the North Central
Regional Health Authority Dr She-
henaz Mohammed said yesterday
Persia was resuscitated late in the
night and died early yesterday
"Baby Persia had a number of
congenital abnormalities detected
at birth," she said.
Mohammed said the baby s par-
ents had been told about the
child s poor prognosis.
She said the baby was put on
a ventilator at birth and later
weaned off it but approximately
a month-and-a-half ago she was
put back on the ventilator because
she had chest problems.
A May 6 T&T Guardian report
said Persia had pneumonia and
her situation was then described
When asked if Persia s death
had anything to do with the stan-
dard of care she received,
Mohammed said no. Persia had
received care that was in keeping
with international standards, she
Mohammed offered condo-
lences to the baby s parents on the
authority s behalf, as well as on
behalf of the staff at the NICU.
The baby s brothers---Kaelon
Nasir Lee Foon Cummings and
Paeton Christopher Cummings---
died from upper gastro-intestinal
Asked about the health of the
surviving three sextuplets,
Mohammed said the babies have
been attending the child develop-
ment clinic and she had not been
informed of any problems so far.
Parents Petra Lee Foon and
Keron Cummings could not be
reached for comment.
Two men were murdered in separate
shooting incidents in Laventille and Arou-
ca between Tuesday afternoon and early
In the latest incident, 30-year-old Kadar
Weston, of Upper Laventille Road, Laven-
tille, was shot in a drive-by shooting at a
bar near his home.
According to police reports, around 12.45
am, Weston was standing on the sidewalk
near the bar at Snake Valley, Laventille,
when a white car with three people inside
pulled alongside him.
Patrons at the bar told investigators they
heard gunshots and then saw the car speed-
Weston was found lying on the ground
with several gunshot wounds to the chest.
Officers of the Inter-Agency Task Force
(IATF) responded and took Weston to the
Port-of-Spain General Hospital. He was
pronounced dead shortly after.
Investigators said Weston was not known
In the earlier incident on Tuesday after-
noon, Anthony Brown was shot dead near
his home at Building Six, Maloney Gardens,
Police said around 3.45 pm, residents of
Brown s building reported hearing several
gunshots. When they checked the courtyard
they saw an armed man chasing Brown.
Eyewitnesses told police after a short
chase, Brown tripped and fell. The gunman
stood over him, shot him once in the head
and ran off.
Investigators said eyewitnesses were able
to give a detailed description of the gunman
because he did not hide his face. An arrest
Police are working on the theory that
Brown s murder might be related to another
in Maloney on Monday evening. In that
incident, Joel Collins, a 27-year-old painter
from Maloney, was shot dead at a job site
in a neighbouring community.
The murder toll stood at 183 up to yes-
Investigations are continuing.
Minister: We did all possible to save Persia
Third sextuplet dies
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