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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Kenrick Persad, who was reported missing
a week ago, after security guards at the Eric
Williams Medical Sciences Complex in Mt
Hope mistook him for an intruder and kicked
him out of the hospital, has been found
unconscious at the Port-of-Spain General
His relative Alicia Mike-Thompson, who
had been searching for Persad since last
Wednesday, said a doctor at the Port-of-
Spain hospital called her on Sunday evening
to tell her he was at the hospital, with serious
Mike-Thompson told the T&T Guardian
she was angry because after the guards at Mt
Hope took Persad outside and left him along
the Priority Bus Route, he somehow ended
up in Princes Town. There he was arrested
by police and taken to the St Ann s Mental
Hospital, where he was beaten by mentally-
She charged that not only was the hospital
negligent but so were the police.
Had a doctor not found her number on
Persad, she said, she would still be looking
for him, because the St Joseph police failed
to investigate the report she made at that sta-
tion last Wednesday.
"They told me they would put out an APB,
but how come the Princes Town police arrest-
ed him and sent him to St Ann s, but they
did not know he was missing?" she asked.
Mike-Thompson is now seeking answers
as to how a patient who went to the hospital
seeking help could end up in this position.
She vowed "not to leave it like this."
"If you see the condition of this man s face.
The doctor said because of the first injury he
was originally brought to Mt Hope for, he has
bleeding on the upper right side of his head.
"The other injuries he suffered, because of
the lackadaisic attitude of staff at Mt Hope,
is worse. The doctor said there is a lot of
bleeding going on in the brain and he may
have suffered some permanent brain injury."
Better known as Robin, Persad, 37, is the
father of one of her daughters. He lives in
New Village, Point Fortin, and works with
the Point Fortin Borough Corporation.
Mike-Thompson said on the evening of
June 24, Persad fell and hit his head as he got
out of a taxi. She said Persad was taken to
the nearby hospital, but was transferred to
by ambulance because staff there could not
deal with his injuries. He spent Monday night
at the San Fernando General Hospital before
being sent, again by ambulance, to Mt Hope
on Tuesday to see a neurosurgeon. There is
a shortage of neurosurgeons in the country
and none are attached to San Fernando hos-
Mike-Thompson went to look for him at
Mt Hope around 2 pm last Tuesday, but said,
"No one could find any record of him being
brought there. Someone known as the ambas-
sador, who is supposed to know where the
patients are at all times, was unaware of his
"About 4 pm I saw him being escorted by
two Allied Security guards and told the ambas-
sador this is the person I was speaking about."
Mike-Thompson said the ambassador was
very flippant, saying, "Oh, San Fernando
brought him, but when we went looking for
him to put him on a ward, we could not find
She said Persad was disoriented and she
was told that he had blood clots and a part
of his brain was swollen, but further tests
would determine whether or not he needed
surgery. She begged nurses to restrain him
on a bed to prevent him from wandering away
again, she said, but was told that was done
only with violent patients. The nurses assured
her they would ward him on a lower floor,
so he would not fall over the balcony.
When she left at 4.30 pm that day, Persad
was on a gurney in the emergency area, known
as the Minor OT Unit, but around midnight
she got a call to say Persad had gone missing.
At the hospital on Wednesday, she said,
chief of security Anand Maharaj told her two
guards remembered seeing a man in overalls
wandering after midnight. They had taken
him to the emergency department to find out
if he was a patient.
"But staff on duty could not find his files,
so the guards escorted him out of the com-
pound and by the nearby bus stop."
Mike-Thompson said she reported him
missing at the St Joseph Police Station on
Wednesday, and the case was assigned to a
WPC Thomas. She returned to the station
with photographs of Persad on Thursday and
called the station on Friday, when a female
officer told her the investigator would be on
duty on Saturday.
"She suggested I call back then. I called
back several times on Saturday and was unable
to speak to the investigator, who did not report
for duty at one time, and had stepped out
several times after."
On Sunday, she was told Persad had been
A spokesman at Mt Hope s Customer Serv-
ice Department said on Monday she was not
aware of the incident. She referred the T&T
Guardian to the communications manager, a
Mr Mahabir, but several calls to his extension
were not answered.
Contacted yesterday, Health Minister Dr
Fuad Khan said he was unaware of the case,
but had asked Chief Medical Officer to inves-
tigate it and get back to him.
Mt Hope patient mistakenly ends up in St Ann's
MP for Laventille West Nileung Hypolite
is demanding an apology from Minister
of Housing Roodal Moonilal for implying
that the tenants and employees of the
Housing Development Corporation (HDC)
are dangerous criminals.
In a release yesterday, Hypolite said: "On
behalf of the people of greater Laventille
area and Port-of-Spain and by extension
the people of T&T, I take objection and
exception to the characterisation of the ten-
ants and employees of the HDC by Minister
Moonilal s comments were in response
to media reports on a Range Rover leased
for him by the HDC, in which he had a
siren and flashing blue lights installed.
He said: "Minister Moonilal s self-aggran-
disement by exploiting his ministerial posi-
tion to create images of power, Range Rover
with security sirens and blue lights , unto
himself is a very dangerous matter."
He was critical of Moonilal s "illusions
of grandeur" which he had sought to realise
"as the publicly anointed successor of the
Prime Minister." They must not be ignored,
He said Moonilal sought to denigrate the
tenants of the HDC and those who worked
with the HDC as threats to his personal
security and that of his family because they
had long criminal records.
He said Moonilal deemed himself, as Min-
ister of Housing, "landlord of criminals."
Hypolite added that as a servant of the
people, Moonilal had taken an oath to serve
all citizens without fear or favour, malice
or ill-will and his statements about being
landlord of criminal elements and employees
of the HDC were evidence of the bias and
judgment he brought to his job as minister.
He said Moonilal s lack of objectivity and
disrespect for the residents of Laventille
had affected the trust that citizens should
have in a democratically-elected government.
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