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Retired fire officer
suffered a broken neck
when a tree fell on his
car while he was driving
An autopsy yesterday
at the mortuary at the
San Fernando General
Hospital showed his
The family of baby Simeon is seek-
ing a doctor to do a second autopsy
on the infant, whose head was slashed
at the Mt Hope Women s Hospital.
His mother Quelly Ann Cottle, 38,
went to the hospital on Carnival Sat-
urday for a C-section operation after
being transferred from the Sangre
Grande District Hospital.
The baby died during the operation.
In an interview yesterday Cottle said
while she was hoping to bury her son
by tomorrow she has been searching
for a doctor to do the second autop-
sy.She said forensic pathologist Dr
Valery Alexandrov was approached but
declined on the ground that he worked
for the Government and was assigned
to the Forensic Science Centre, St
James. Cottle insisted it was important
to have another autopsy as she wanted
to get all the facts before finally putting
baby Simeon to rest.
She added: "I am really hoping to
have the another autopsy done between
now and Wednesday but at this point
I really don t know because I am still
looking for someone. I want all the
facts before I go to court.
"It is a difficult thing for them to
cut my baby again but I feel as if I have
She said she believed there was a
deliberate smear campaign and an
attempt by hospital authorities to cover
up the facts.
Cottle added that she was also unsure
of how she would raise the money for
the second autopsy. Hospital authorities
said they could not assist as Cottle
would have to find a doctor and the
funds on her own.
The doctor who performed the C-
section has been suspended with basic
Contacted yesterday on the status
of the independent investigative team,
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan said
it was expected to be finalised before
the end of this week.
He said there were discussions still
taking place with those who were rec-
ommended, including how soon they
could arrive in T&T to start the probe.
Baby Simeon is expected to be buried
in Chaguanas. Cottle said she visited
her mother, who lives in Chaguanas,
to make final arrangements yesterday.
The Sowing Empowerment through
Entrepreneurial Development grant
has been raised from $5,000 to
So said Minister of the People and
Social Development Dr Glenn Ramad-
harsingh yesterday at a press conference
at the ministry, St Vincent Street, Port-
Ramadharsingh said the programme
had been rebranded and the grant was
raised to assist small business owners
and so help reduce poverty.
He said according to the latest sta-
tistics, poverty had been reduced from
24 per cent to 14.7 per cent.
The programme is a collaboration
between the ministry and the United
Nations Micro Enterprise Loan Project,
which ran between 2001 and 2012.
"The UNDP was a member of the
technical committee for the Survey of
Living Conditions in 2005 and the
UNDP will be commencing the Region-
al/Community Poverty Profile in Arima
with funding from the Chilean Gov-
ernment and has requested the par-
ticipation with the ministry," he said.
He said other countries, such as Suri-
name, Aruba, Curacao and Martinique,
are also working in collaboration with
Bagatelle, Carlsen Field and areas in
central Trinidad have high levels of
poverty and low-income citizens could
be assisted by the project.
"Those rearing ducks, eggs, pat choi
and aquaculture can be assisted in this
very unique ground-breaking devel-
opment," he said.
Ramadharsingh said that would
increase the viability of the business
and make tremendous headway in get-
ting small business owners off the
Richard Blewitt, UN resident co-
ordinator, said the programme was an
essential work to the United Nations.
Bishop Anstey High School students receive the Stationary Plus Trophy for Most Outstanding School
from founder of Women in Action Fraulein Rudder. From left, Kimberly Placide, Talia Phillip, Kleah
Mannette, Mesissa Hanomansingh, Erkeisha John and Dominique John. The school received
honourable mention in the abstract category during the Women In Art Organisation of T&T's eighth
biennial art competition prize-giving function for Fifth and Sixth Form students. The event was
hosted by the National Museum and Arts Gallery, Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism and
Ministry of Education at the National Museum and Art Gallery, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.
PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
Botched C-section case...
Mom seeks doctor
for second autopsy
Anyone interested can find further
information on the ministry's Web
site at 2ww2.mpsd.gov.tt.
death was due to a frac-
tured cervical spine.
Ramlochan s son, Sean,
who turned 28 yesterday,
said his father s neck was
broken in two places.
Ramlochan, 56, the
father of two, was driving
along Robinson Road,
near New Grant when
the tree fell on his car.
An ambulance arrived an
hour later and took him
to the Princes Town
Health Facility, where he
was pronounced dead on
Sean said he was liais-
ing with senior fire offi-
cers to arrange a para-
military funeral service
for his father who had
over 30 years service.
Ramlochan s daughter
Candice said the funeral
is planned for tomorrow.
The body is expected to
arrive at their Pascal
Road, Piparo, home at 1
pm, then to the Christ
Church, followed by a
burial at Piparo ceme-
Falling tree broke
fire officer's neck
Quelly Ann Cottle
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