Trinidad: Husband claims wife’s death after giving birth due to hospital’s negligence

Maquader Martin, 26, with her first and only baby girl after giving birth at the San Fernando General Hospital.

(Trinidad Guardian) The griev­ing com­mon-law hus­band of 26-year-old Maquad­er Mar­tin wants an­swers be­fore his wife is laid to rest.

Davis Nedd is claim­ing that his wife’s death was due to neg­li­gence on the part of the med­ical per­son­nel at the Ma­ter­ni­ty Ward of the San Fer­nan­do Gen­er­al Hos­pi­tal.

Mar­tin died on the floor near the bath­room area of the ma­ter­ni­ty ward on Sat­ur­day, three days af­ter she gave birth to her first ba­by.

South-West Re­gion­al Health Au­thor­i­ty’s (SWRHA) Di­rec­tor of Health Al­bert Per­saud con­firmed that an in­ves­ti­ga­tion has been launched in­to the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing her death.

An au­top­sy re­vealed that she died from a pul­monary em­bolism. The T&T Guardian spoke with a vis­i­tor and a pa­tient who were on the ward when Mar­tin died.

They both con­firmed that Mar­tin dragged her­self to the bath­room af­ter she was re­fused a bed­pan. They al­so claimed that af­ter she col­lapsed, she was left there for a long time be­fore be­ing at­tend­ed.

He said some­one alert­ed the nurs­es that she had col­lapsed. “About sev­en or eight min­utes af­ter they went and check her. And they call the doc­tors af­ter they re­alise is wa­ter more than flour. Up to now that still both­er­ing me when I think about it,” he added.

Nedd is sus­pi­cious of the au­top­sy re­sults as it was done last Sun­day in the ab­sence of any rel­a­tive or Mar­tin’s iden­ti­fi­ca­tion doc­u­ments. He is try­ing to have a sec­ond au­top­sy done.

Nedd has al­ready sought le­gal ad­vice. How­ev­er, Per­saud said even if Mar­tin col­lapsed that would not have caused her death.

The fam­i­ly has not yet con­firmed Mar­tin’s fu­ner­al arrange­ments.

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