Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 31st 2014 Contents Emotions overwhelmed heartbroken father, Earl
Robertson, yesterday as he openly wept for his
son national Under 19 cricketer Tevin Robertson,
who was killed in a car crash Saturday morning.
"He was my only child, I was so proud of him.
He used to be playing cricket in the yard and saying
daddy, daddy, bowl me. Me and Tevin was real
good, we were like brothers," sobbed the grieving
father yesterday as he clutched his collection of
newspaper articles highlighting Tevin s budding
Tevin died on the spot after his vehicle crashed
into a fence on the Petrotrin compound near Gas-
parillo. He was returning to El Dorado, where he
was staying, shortly after 5 am on Saturday. It is
believed he fell asleep behind the wheel and lost
control of the car.
Yesterday Robertson, surrounded by his son s tro-
phy, medals and national Under 19 sport jacket at
his Contention Street, Princes Town, home said he
had high hopes that his son would have been part
of the nation senior team.
"He was looking forward to being on the team.
He was part of the reserves for the national team
and he even played against Ireland-an international
team. he played top of the line. I was so proud,"
Robertson said he used to go to all Tevin s games,
but since losing one of his legs he was challenged
to go to his night matches.
However, he said, his son would call him everyday
and they would talk about his plans and dreams for
He was still trying to come to terms with his son s
death and became emotional as he recounted the
moment he received the news that Tevin was killed.
Robertson said he was at his father s home in
Siparia when Tevin s mother---Rhea St John---called
him and said Tevin was a bad accident.
Robertson said Tevin was well liked by his team-
mates at PowerGen sports club and Moosai Sports-
where he was last attached.
He recounted when Denesh Ramdin-T&T captain,
with whom Tevin played with at PowerGen, pre-
sented the teenager with cricket gear as a present.
An autopsy is expected to performed on Tevin
tomorrow. Funeral arrangements are yet to be
finalised. (See page A53)
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Father delivers son
Watching health talkshow-The Doctors-
turned out to be a useful resource for
Robert Stroud as he single-handedly deliv-
ered his son, Khristian at his California
home on March 5.
Yesterday Stroud, 40, told the T&T
Guardian that he drew from the knowledge
he got from watching the TV show to help
his wife, Britney Harewood, 24, deliver their
3.7 kg son in the bedroom of their rented
apartment at Railway Road, Dow Village.
Cradling his sleeping son in his arms,
Stroud said that their story could have
turned into a complete tragedy if God was
not on their side that fateful night.
"It was like this---my mom was on one
phone, I giving directions to the EHS (Emer-
gency Medical Services) on the other phone
and she (Harewood) kicking and screaming
to get the baby out. It was just God who
help me through it, yes, and the little expe-
rience I had watching the show-The Doc-
tors-that had a demonstration of what for
that (delivery)," he said.
Harewood said she was grateful Stroud
was cool and collected because she was ter-
"It was my first baby. Three things were
going through my head. One, I could die,
two, he (the baby) could die and what could
happen to my husband if we died. Thank
God he was here and was not like any other
man who would pick up and run when they
see what was happening" she said.
While the couple are grateful for a safe
delivery, they agree that the situation could
have quickly turned tragic, since they said
earlier in the day, on March 5, Harewood
was getting labour pains and she went to
the hospital via ambulance.
But, Stroud, who has two older children,
said, the doctors told her she was not ready
to give birth and sent her home "because
of lack of space."
"Hours later, at 10 pm she come out the
bathroom and collapse in pain. I had to lift
her and carry her to the bed. Her water bag
burst and she was in pain. I called the ambu-
lance and she tell me the baby coming. I
looked and saw the head," he said.
At that point Stroud said what he learned
from the documentary weeks before kicked
tv show. He told her to breathe and push.
He said he held the baby carefully as he
came out the birth canal.
"I was happy. At that time I thank God
that she did not die and there were no com-
plications," he said.
He said while he was delivery the baby,
he heard a knock on the door and when he
opened it he came face to face with three
armed police officers.
Stroud said with Harewood s screams
someone thought she was in mortal danger
and called the police.
"I told them my madame making child
and closed the door. They left us. They did
not offer help," he said.
Stroud said the ambulance came after
baby Khristian was born and carried his
wife and the child to the hospital.
The baby was released from hospital on
Doctors, he explained, kept the baby
warded to run tests and make sure he was
healthy and free from infections after the
Stroud said doctors and nurses need to
pay better attention to their duties because
he could have easily lost his wife and his
A proud Robert Stroud, and his common-law wife Britney Harewood cuddles her son Kristian
yesterday who was delivered at Railway Road Dow Village California home, on March 5.
PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
Earl Robertson shows two trophies from his son,
cricketer, Tevin Roberston, inset, and his T&T
Cricket Board jacket at his Princes Town home
yesterday. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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