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A 23-year-old mother of one who suffered a
miscarriage was seeking answers yesterday after
she returned home to find the dead foetus inside
a black plastic bag among the clothing she took
back home from the Port-of-Spain General Hos-
Speaking with the media at her Trou Macaque,
Laventille, home yesterday, Tahia Jordan said she
felt a sharp pain in her lower back while at work
at Rituals Coffee House, Maraval, and later felt
"something came out of her."
Jordan said she was unaware that she was 20
weeks pregnant and thought she was suffering
regular pain associated with her menstrual cycle
at the time. She said she was taken to the PoSGH s
Casualty Department where she was attended to
before being warded.
Jordan said she was later allowed to see the
foetus and was told that it was a boy, adding the
pregnancy was her third and the miscarriage her
However, Jordan said after being discharged
yesterday she returned home and was unpacking
her bag when she asked her mother to assist in
washing her messy clothing.
She said she saw the black plastic bag and
thought it was the bloodied uniform she was wear-
ing when she miscarried. But after opening the
bag, Jordan said she was horrified to see her dead
foetus wrapped up in an incopad (a piece of cotton
and plastic material used at hospitals).
"I get a little scent and saw the bloody cloth
(incopad) and get frightened and I begin to cry
when I see it," Jordan said.
She said she was not sure what to do and turned
to her mother for help.
In a brief telephone interview yesterday, Minister
of Health Dr Fuad Khan said he had heard about
the incident and ordered an immediate report into
He said the protocol in cases of miscarriages
was that the patient is given counselling and is
monitored for as little as 24 hours. He added that
whether the parents wanted to bury the child or
allow the hospital to do so was up to them.
Also commenting on the issue, chief executive
officer of the North West Regional Health Authority,
Judith Baliram, said it was clear that there was a
breach of protocol.
"Clearly protocol was not followed and that has
an adverse effect on the image of the hospital. But
I am really, really sorry for what happened to her,
because this is a traumatic experience that the
mother would have gone through," Baliram said.
Baliram said the incident was very unusual and
that she was disturbed by what had happened.
She said Jordan was visited by the hospital staff
and the foetus was taken away, adding that if the
parents wanted to bury the foetus the hospital
would assist. She added that the matter was being
investigated and a report would be delivered to
This latest incident comes one day after Quelly
Ann Cottle buried her baby Simeon, who died
after being sliced on the head during a C-section
on March 1 at the Mt Hope Women s Hospital.
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A hurting Omadavee Lavia was still try-
ing to come to terms with the untimely
death of her 14-year-old daughter yester-
Speaking with the media at the Forensic
Science Centre, St James, Lavia said her
daughter Murchanna, whom she described
as a loving child and a bookworm did not
deserve to die at such a tender age.
"I never had a complaint. God gave me
the best child and He take she away...you
didn t deserve this baby you didn t deserve
it," Lavia cried.
Unfortunately, Lavia s daughter died at
the hands of a relative.
According to police, Murchanna was read-
ing a book at her Stoer Drive Extension,
Petit Valley, home around 8 pm on Wednes-
day. Her relative, 15, was nearby playing
with a loaded gun when it went off.
Murchanna was hit once in the chest.
She was rushed to the hospital by her brother
and uncle but she died while undergoing
According to police, the suspect later
claimed he heard a loud explosion and found
Lavia, a Form Three pupil of Providence
Girls High School, lying outside the house.
The suspect was assisting police in their
investigation up to last night but the gun
still had not been found.
Yesterday, the child s mother, who said
she was at a wake when the incident
occurred, said her daughter always wanted
to attend Providence Girls High and told
her she would win a scholarship so her par-
ents would not have to worry about financ-
ing her education. She wanted to study law.
"She would say don t worry I would get
a scholarship and you would not have to
spend a dollar. She loved to read. She would
bring home books from the library and just
read. She was reading when it happened,"
the senior Lavia said.
"She don t lime, she don t go Movi-
eTowne, she would just stay home and read.
She didn t even have a boyfriend."
At the family s home yesterday, relatives
gathered to offer support to the grieving
mother. Many expressed their disbelief that
such an incident had occurred.
Many of the relatives were heard saying
the relative would have been shocked at
what he had done.
Her brother, Anthony, said she was loved
by the entire family and was an all-A stu-
He said, however, that they would forgive
the relative for his mistake because he didn t
mean to kill her and hoped the world would
do so, too. He said, however, he had warned
the relative about the bad company he was
A woman, who said she was the child s
grandmother, said she sat down and created
the first name for the 14-year-old victim.
The woman added that Lavia wanted to
attend Providence because she had attended
Aspiring lawyer, 14, shot dead by relative...
Meanwhile, officers of the Western Divi-
sion arrested nine people and seized two
guns during an exercise in the division on
According to police, the exercise began
around 9 am and lasted for almost nine
hours and was concentrated in the Covigne
Road and Rich Plain communities, Diego
Snr Supt Ishmael David, who co-ordi-
nated the exercise, said it was part of the
division s drive to eradicate illegal activity
plaguing the division.
Two homemade shotguns, a Berretta
pistol, 25 rounds of 9mm ammunition,
40 rounds of .44 ammunition, eight 12-
gauge cartridges, 40 pounds of marijuana
and one army camouflage were seized.
One man was arrested for gun-related
offences while eight others were taken
into custody for various offences and out-
The exercise was led by Supt Patterson,
ASP Ramlochan, Insp Saunders and Sgt
Vincent and included officers of the Crim-
inal Investigation Department, K9 Unit,
Tactical Unit and the T&T Regiment.
David said similar exercises will be
conducted throughout the division and
appealed to the public to work with the
police for the benefit of all.
Cops seize two
guns, arrest nine
Mom sent home
with dead foetus
Police investigators search for clues outside the Petit Valley home of Murchanna Lavia yesterday. Lavia was accidently shot dead by her
relative on Thursday. PHOTO: JENSEN LA VENDE
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