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1. That the consultant on call be involved in all
cases involving mortality or serious morbidity.
Following a serious event the consultant should see
the patient or parents involved and should provide an
immediate support team.
2. Laboratory services are required round-the-clock.
The availability of a blood transfusion is a necessity
sometimes and must remain an utmost priority.
3. All health care workers must have a clear
understanding of risk assessment and management
and seek to improve the quality of care for mothers
and babies. Develop an effective multi-disciplinary
team comprising midwifes, nurses, obstetricians,
paediatricians and other support staff so that in
cases of planned deliveries, fetal indications and
planned pre-termed deliveries can be arranged in
4. There is need for a dedicated obstetrics theatre.
5. There should be a full handing over on the
Ramlogan said in his experience there was "a lot
that is lost in translation" during a handing over.
"Upon the handing over it would appear that
people are sometimes eager to obviously leave shifts
and go home, but during that time it is vital...a life
and death matter...that nurses and doctors who are
handing over to the incoming shift as part of the
established protocol must spend time to meet with
the incoming doctors and nurses to have a proper
transfer of relevant patient information and up to
date as it concerns the patient.
"If we do not have that then the data would be lost
in translation and things would fall into a grey area,"
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Baby Simeon's mom wants final justice
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Mom cheated by
Quelly Ann Cottle, the mother of baby
Simeon Cottle, is now officially calling for
the doctor involved in the botch C-section
to be jailed or at least for the Medical Board
to revoke his license.
She made the call yesterday after receiving
the official report on the child s death from
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan, who
also announced he had forwarded the report
to Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP)
Roger Gaspard and acting Police Commis-
sioner Stephen Williams for an investigation
which will determine whether or not crim-
inal charges should be laid.
Cottle, who cried during a press confer-
ence hosted by the AG, said when baby
Simeon died she also questioned where was
God at that time.
"It was really difficult. To be honest I
would like to see the doctor have his license
revoked or hopefully go to jail, but who
"As far as everything goes right about
now I am happy thus far. It is hard, it took
so long it come around," Cottle said.
On whether she intended to sue the hos-
pital, she said he would have to discuss the
issue with her lawyer.
Ramlogan said the report was also sent
to the Medical Board of T&T to establish
whether there is need for disciplinary action
against any doctor who was involved in the
On the specific outcome from the DPP,
acting top cop or the medical board, the
AG said he prefered not to speculate.
"The report is clear. It veers towards a
finding of negligence on the part of the
institution and the doctors that managed
this particular patient," Ramlogan said.
"It s a tragic, sad, frustrating and depress-
ing situation and reading the report leaves
you with a sense of lingering disappoint-
"It is fair to say that Quelly has been
cheated by the system. Her loss is one that
no mother, no father should ever have to
Baby Simeon s head was slashed from
ear to ear as his mother Quelly Ann Cottle
underwent a C-section in March. The sur-
gery was done at the Eric Williams Medical
Sciences Complex, Mt Hope, on Carnival
Saturday (March 1).
The doctor who did the operation remains
on suspension pending the outcome of the
Saying yesterday that the case also raised
the issue of adequate supervision of junior
doctors, Ramlogan said the issue would not
be thoroughly probed.
"There is a clear and urgent need for us
to ensure that senior doctors effectively
supervise and monitor the junior doctors
who perform these operations. A C-section
by itself is considered to be a fairly routine
procedure, but be that as it may the C-sec-
tion in this particular case may very well
have clearly warranted the presence of a
"Whether it is a pregnancy that is high-
risk or one that would give way to com-
plications, the senior support staff must be
there," Ramlogan added.
He said Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar has instructed that the recom-
mendations contained in the report be
implemented and has instructed Health
Minister Dr Fuad Khan to ensure this is
He said the field of obstetrics and gyne-
cology has been a "soft, vulnerable point"
in the country s medical health care system
for quite sometime.
Saying there was nothing which could
compensate for the loss of a child, Ramlogan
said he met with Cottle for an hour yes-
"It has been a very heart rendering expe-
rience. The anguish of her loss is one that
is very fresh. The emotional wound is very
"In speaking to Quelly the one thing that
she wants is to prevent this from happening
to another or another child," Ramlogan said.
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan presents Quelly Ann Cottle with the report from the
Independent Committee on the death of her son, Baby Simeon Cottle, during a press
conference at the Ministry of the Attorney General, St Vincent Street, Port-of-Spain,
yesterday. PHOTO: CLYDE LEWIS
On March 17, Ramlogan named the team to do the
investigation which was headed retired Justice of
Appeal Mustapha Ibrahim. It also included consultant
obstetrician and gynaecologist at the University
College London Hospitals Dr Melanie Clare Davies
and neonatologist and former head of the neo-natal
unit at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital Dr
An autopsy found that the baby died from a
laceration to the head which caused massive blood
loss and hypovolaemic shock.
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