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The doctor who performed the Cae-
sarean-section surgery on Quelly Ann
Cottle, which resulted in her baby boy s
head being cut from ear to ear, instantly
killing him, has been suspended with
immediate effect from the Mt Hope
Women s Hospital pending an investi-
Cottle, 38, went to the Mt Hope
Women s Hospital last Saturday to have
a Caesarean-section operation done after
being transferred from the Sangre Grande
The North Central Regional Health
Authority (NCRHA) board decided
to suspend the doctor around 1 pm yes-
terday and also instructed him to co-
operate fully in the probe, hospital sources
The suspension was done in accordance
with the regional health authorities terms
and conditions, which stipulate suspension
with basic pay, ranging between $12,000
The doctor was suspended to ensure
the investigation was fair and transpar-
The T&T Guardian understands ques-
tions have been raised over why the sur-
gery was deemed necessary when it was
reported the baby was already in position
to be delivered naturally.
Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan con-
firmed yesterday that a full probe had
already begun, adding there were prelim-
inary findings which raised serious con-
cerns and adding that the matter must
not be swept under the carpet.
"We will be putting together a com-
prehensive and independent team which
would comprise not only doctors and
nurses, but executives from the various
areas. I have to deal with this issue in a
very serious manner," Khan said.
Nicholas Seucharan was hailed as a hero
yesterday, as relatives, friends and co-work-
ers gathered to bid farewell to the man who
gave his life to save two children from
In delivering the eulogy at Seucharan s
funeral at his 31 Alleyne Road, Tabaquite
home, his cousin Annie La Callie urged the
parents of the children he saved not to take
his sacrifice lightly. She called on them to
raise their children right and not let Seucha-
ran s sacrifice go in vain.
"I hope the parents of these children who
he died to save understand what we have
lost, and I hope they do not take it lightly,
because now they have a big mandate," she
"You need to grow those children that he
died for in the knowledge and the fear of
the Lord and let them know that a great
man died so that they might live. Hold them
responsible so that they do not become way-
ward, because he was not wayward."
Seucharan, a T&TEC electrician, died on
Monday at Mayaro. Relatives said in an inter-
view the children and their parents were not
at the funeral yesterday.
La Callie, who struggled to maintain her
composure, also urged the children s parents
to keep Seucharan s mother, Pramatee, in
"She does not have hers any more. I want
you to remember that you owe this lady a
prayer for the rest of your lives so that she
gets strength to carry on," La Callie said.
She asked the mourners, who lined the
street outside the home and packed the
courtyard, if they could do what her cousin
did. "I know you are sitting there saying no,
but if it were your children, would you want
him to do it?
"That was why he was extraordinary. He
would go (to the beach), he would not go in
the water, he would stay on the sand---yet
still he went out there for these two children
he did not know," she said.
Later, neighbours emerged from their
homes and paused on the street as the words
of Mariah Carey s song Hero blasted from
the loudspeakers of the car leading the white,
decorated hearse carrying Seucharan to his
final rites. As the hearse passed along the
Tabaquite main road, a man raised his hands
in the air and applauded, while another raised
his hat and gave a thumbs-up sign. It was
clear Seucharan was considered a hero in
Seucharan s father, Kenel, was inconsolable
yesterday as he stood next to his son s white
casket. Through his tears, Kenel said, "I tell
Nicky do not go, he say, Daddy, the boys
drowning, I have to go. I tell Nicky, Do not
go, son, I depending on you. How we go live
without you? "
Seucharan s fiancee Samantha Hender-
ickson sobbed incessantly and was seen
stroking his face while his sister Nisha held
T&TEC general manager Kelvin Ramsook,
who spoke at the service, described Seucha-
ran as hard-working and a gentleman who
would be missed by his co-workers. He said
since Seucharan s death T&TEC s flags have
been flying at half mast.
Officiating pastor Leon Ramdhan, of Souls
Harbour Ministries, told mourners death
was a reality of life. He said Seucharan was
blessed for his sacrifice.
Seucharan was interred at the Tabaquite
NCRHA acts on fatal c-section
Cousin of hero drowning victim: Raise children he saved right
•Laceration to right parietal lobe of brain
•Penetrating injury to right parietal bone
•Iatrogenic laceration to scalp
Clinical pathologist Dr Chunilal Ramjit did
When contacted yesterday,
Mohammed agreed with
Khan that the preliminary
report raised a significant
number of questions and
concerns. She said it was
discussed by management,
senior clinical management
and the health ministry.
Asked how many medical
personnel would be
questioned, Mohammed said
between 20 and 25, all of
whom attended to Cottle
from the time she was
admitted to being discharged.
"Basically there were three
units involved. There was the
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Unit, which comprised one
consultant, one registrar, two
house officers and two
interns. There was the
anaesthetic team, of a similar
composition, as well as
nurses in the neonatal ward,
the operating theatre and the
"These are the people
involved in the management
of the patient. We are,
however, not saying that they
are guilty," Mohammed said.
She said the hospital
administration had offered
counselling to Cottle's family
and also to the doctor in
"An employee assistance
programme has also been
made available to the doctor,"
Kenel Seucharan says his final farewell to his son, Nicholas Seucharan, during the funeral ceremony
at Alleyne Road, Tabaquite, yesterday. The 26-year-old drowned at a Mayaro beach on Carnival
Monday after he rescued two boys who had difficulties in the water. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
Ronnie and Caroline McIntosh have
joined the list of discontented
bandleaders who have sent
letters through their lawyers
to the National Carnival Bands Association (NCBA)
demanding their score sheets.
Bandleaders Rosalind Gabriel and David Cameron, of
Trini Revellers, have also sought advice from their lawyers
and asked for their score sheets.
At a press conference at their Woodbrook mas camp
yesterday, McIntosh also expressed frustration at not
getting answers from NCBA chairman David Lopez on
the judging criteria which led to over 25 bands being
deducted points for not following the prescribed parade
route. He said the issue was not that their presentation
De River Come Down did not win, but that they were
seeking answers from Lopez.
"Our focus is making our masqueraders happy. We
want answers from the NCBA," Mcintosh said.
"We want to know where did we place, because we
only saw one to six. We also want to know why were
we disqualified, because they said that to us. What is
the penalty for disqualification?
"We want our points from the NCBA. The rules we
signed with the NCBA didn t state anything about off-
route, so that is something which we are now hearing.
We need to get some answers on that because it is tied
in to why we were disqualified."
Several calls to the cellphone of chairman of the
National Carnival Commission (NCC) Allison Demas
went unanswered yesterday. Messages were also not
returned. Lopez also could not be reached for comment
yesterday as repeated calls to his cellphone went unan-
swered up to late yesterday.
McIntosh said Lopez told him that according to the
NCBA s GPS system, the band went off-route.
McIntosh insisted his band met the NCBA stipulations
and crossed all the judging points, including the Queen s
Park Savannah, Adam Smith Square and downtown
Now Ronnie and Caro
challenge NCBA results
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