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WE REMEMBER OUR FIRST MONTH OF BUSINESS 64 YEARS AGO
"They are a blessing to us
and I leave everything in the
hands of God."
These were the words of
Marcelle Campbell, the proud
father of the country s newest
His wife Jannel Green-Camp-
bell, 28, gave birth to three
healthy baby boys on Wednes-
day at the San Fernando General
Hospital. Two weighed 1.5 kgs
and the other 1.95 kgs.
Doctors discharged Green-
Campbell yesterday, but the
babies are being kept for further
observation as a precaution.
However, news of the triplet
births continues to stir excite-
ment throughout the hospital,
touching the hearts of staff,
patients and even visitors.
While standing in front the
neonatal ward waiting to see
his babies, Campbell received
fatigue from nurses and was
congratulated by another father
waiting to see his newborn.
And for the first time since
his sons birth, Campbell, who
seemed a bit nervous, cradled
one of them.
Recalling the first time he
found out they were having
multiple babies, Campbell, a
service technician at Trintokil
Ltd in San Fernando, said his
wife was two months pregnant
when they went for an ultra-
sound. The doctors told them
they were having twins.
"I was shocked," said Camp-
bell who was still coming to
terms with that news when his
wife went for a second ultra-
sound the following month.
"The doctor said wait nah
and I said if anything was
wrong. He said like ah seeing
another one. I was standing at
the time I had to sit down to
catch meh self. I really had to
check myself. I was like yes,
He said his wife pointed at
him and said, "you do that."
Campbell said he and his wife
celebrated their first wedding
anniversary in July and had
planned the pregnancy, but they
did not expect to have three
babies at once.
He said there were no triplets
in their family, but there are
twins in his wife s family.
Green-Campbell, a clerk at
the Ministry of Health, has a
five-year-old son and Campbell
has three other children, two
boys and a girl, from a previous
As for the names of the
babies, he said they were leaving
that up to the grandparents.
Asked how he would cope
with having to provide for the
babies, Campbell said: "I leave
it in the hands of God."
Showering praises on the
nurses and doctors, Green-
Campbell said he had no fears
about his babies being born at
"I had no fear. I trust in the
Lord, with the Lord everything
is possible, but it was great, the
nurses were real nice to her."
Green-Campbell was relieved
to be returning to her Iere Vil-
lage, Princes Town, home after
spending a month in the hos-
pital, but sad to leave her babies.
"I still don t know how to
explain how I feeling, but thank
God its over."
Head of Obstetrics and
Gynaecology Dr Krishna Ram-
persadsingh said triplets occur
in every one in 8,000 births.
He said he was very proud to
deliver his second set of triplets
in the last ten years.
In April, Rampersadsingh also
successfully performed laparo-
tomy (a surgical procedure
involving a large incision
through the abdominal wall) to
deliver a miracle baby who
developed in the mother s
abdomen instead of the womb.
Rampersadsingh said he kept
in touch with the parents and
baby Anuradha was doing well.
Chairman of the National
Commission for Self Help
(NCSH) Surujdeo Mangaroo says
citizens should be wary of any-
one asking for money in
exchange for securing grants
from the commission, because
he has uncovered such incidents
Mangaroo, speaking with
reporters on Thursday night after
the formal opening of the St John s
Trace Activity Centre, Avocat,
Fyzabad, said he had heard that
poor people were being fleeced
by fraudsters purporting to be
field officers from the commis-
He said he had reported the
incidents to the police.
Mangaroo explained that the
fraudsters were targeting poor
families and the elderly.
The fraudsters, he said, are
going to communities, identifying
themselves as commission
employees and charging people
$500 and $1,000 with a promise
to get a Self Help grant for them.
Mangaroo said he received
complaints from the Siparia con-
stituency office that "there are
dishonest and unscrupulous peo-
ple targeting and preying on senior
citizens and single mothers."
He urged citizens not to pay
anyone to secure a grant.
"All of our services are free...You
must apply for the grant and if
you qualify for the grant you will
receive the grant," he said.
Mangaroo said application
forms are available at the com-
mission s offices at Port-of-Spain
and San Fernando and at all 41
The probe into the e-mail fiasco is ongo-
Deputy Police Commissioner Mervyn
Richardson said yesterday there was no
response as yet from Google.
He said while there had been no change
in the investigation, the police had been trying
to bring the probe to a close.
"We are still working on the investigation.
There has been no word yet from Google but
we remain very hopeful because like every-
body else we want to bring this to a close,"
New National Security Minister Gary Grif-
fith, then national security adviser to Prime
Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, turned over
several electronic devices, including a Black-
Berry cellphone to the police several months
The devices have not yet been returned
but this was no problem for Griffith.
Contacted yesterday, Griffith said: "This
has not affected me in anyway. I think that
is just procedure on the part of the police.
"I still have my mobile number. It is not
bothering me really. I think when the police
have completed their investigation the devices
would be returned to me."
Asked whether the police have been liaising
with him to keep him abreast of the probe,
Griffith said the last time he heard from the
police was about a month and a half ago.
"I think when they do get information they
(police) would bring it forward to me. It would
be difficult for any new information to be
forthcoming because you re not going to get
any new information from something that
was never true," he said.
On May 20, Opposition Leader Dr Keith
Rowley told Parliament he had received 31
e-mails purporting to show correspondence
between Prime Minister Persad-Bissessar,
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan, former
Local Government Minister Suruj Rambachan
and former security adviser Gary Griffith.
The e-mails allege efforts to undermine the
judiciary, the office of the Director of Public
Prosecutions (DPP) and the media.
Government ministers have since denied
the allegations, claimed the e-mails were fake
and filed pre-protocol letters against Rowley
as a prelude to taking legal action.
Fraudsters targeting poor, says Self Help head
Dad: Triplets are a blessing
The triplets of Jennel Green-Campbell and her husband Marcelle Campbell rests at the Obstetrics and
Gynaecology Unit at the San Fernando General Hospital yesterday. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
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