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Jun 22, 2011

Father alleges negligence in death of newborn

Tragedy has struck a young couple. Twenty one year old Marty Tzib, a resident of Cayo came our studios today with a heartbreaking story. Tzib says that his pregnant wife experienced terrible pains early Monday morning and he took her to the local hospital. But before hours after the baby’s birth, the child was dead. With the post mortem examination result in his hand, Tzib alleged that negligence caused the death of their first child.

Marty Kevin Tzib, says newborn died because of negligence

Marty Kevin Tzib

“The nurses were sleeping. I told them to attend my wife but after that they told us that they were gonna check her at six o’clock to see what’s going on. When we gone six o’clock inside again, my wife was in more pain. And they don’t want us to go inside and she’s my wife. When I gone at ten o’clock, the baby born already. The doctor came and told us that the baby’s ok; that everything was normal and everything, but they told us that the baby got some stool inside her.”

Jose Sanchez

“When you say stool inside her, what do you mean exactly?”

Marty Kevin Tzib

“Well the water from the stool got inside in the pulmonary right. That is what the doctor told us and that they were going to transport the baby to Belize immediately. We were waiting, waiting outside and I came inside and I was telling the nurse; what’s going on if my baby’s ok. She tell me that there is no ambulance. I don’t know why they don’t have two ambulances there. I was pressuring them. And when I gone inside again, they told me that there was no driver. I asked about my baby and she tell me that the baby’s ok. The baby’s born at nine o’clock and when the driver of the ambulance came at two o’clock, my baby was dying. And then when they called me, my baby was already dead.”

Jose Sanchez

“Condolences, but what are you hoping to accomplish. Do you intend to press charges against the hospital?”

Marty Kevin Tzib

“Well, I feel it a lot because it’s my first baby and I wanna see what I am going to do. I don’t know yet.”

Jose Sanchez

“What did the post mortem results actually say?”

Marty Kevin Tzib

“Well I have the results here and it says pulmonary oedema congestion and asphyxia and aspiration syndrome.”

Jose Sanchez

“Were these things that could have been avoided?”

Marty Kevin Tzib

“Yeah the doctor told us that it could be avoided. It was negligence, just negligence. I don’t know why they don’t find an ambulance and send my baby as of nine o’clock. It’s negligence, negligence.”

Tzib has not yet decided if he will be taking legal action against the hospital.

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17 Responses for “Father alleges negligence in death of newborn”

  1. funbze says:

    my condolences to Marty kevin Tzib and his family

  2. ANGEL says:

    HERE IN CAYO THEY NEVER HAVE DRIVER THEY NEVER HAVE TIME TO ATTEND PEOPLE IN THE RIGHT WAY THEY NEVER WANT YOU TO TELL THEM WHAT TO DO THEY DO WHAT THEY WANT WHEN THEY WANT AND WHENEVER THEY WANT AND THE TIME THEY WANT ……….. I CAN SAY THAT BUT ALL THEY THINK IS PUTTING THEMONEY IN THERE POCKETS ………. THEY ARE NO TRAINED OR THEY TRAINED BUT THEY DONT THINK ABOUT NOBODY BUT THEMSELVES ……………

  3. ANGEL says:

    MY CONDOLENCE TO THE MOTHER AND FATHER BUT NEXT TIME PAY THE PRICE FOR TAKING CARE OF YOUR WIFE AND CHILDREN ……………. MAYBE IF YOU WOULD HAVE SHOWN THEM MONEY TO TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOUR WIFE AND CHILD THEY WOULD HAVE DONE BETTER ………… BECAUSE NOW A DAYS MONEY TALKS B…. WALKS ……… THATS THE WAY MANY PEOPLE HAVE DONE IT

  4. cindy says:

    People dont go to that hospital. you go with a flue and come out in a box. many people have died there and ministry doesnt do nothing. they have the worst nurses there. lazy people winning money. fire them and get people that want to work. i surprise dr paiz is there after he had a record of so many people that got wrong prescription.

    Sue them Sue them

  5. BDF soldier says:

    Jailed the doctors,the nurses,fired them.who is looking after belizeans?no one.

  6. Analyst says:

    hurts my heart to see another newborn baby die, the death certficate has as cause of death asphyxia which means that this baby and the mother were on their own, no mother with proper monitoring should have a newborn die of asphyxia., good case for a lawyer!!

  7. Elgin Martinez says:

    These people need to be sued.It’s such a shame.Our Belizean people are faced with all type of injustice on a daily basis.Criminals taking people’s life.Nurses doing malpractice what’s next ?

  8. tale of two cities says:

    a newborn babies dies because of absolutely no attention in the hospital, while a Minister of government boasts of national TV that non other than the Director of Health Services accompanied him to Detroit USA to receive robotic surgery. oh my , oh my.talk about equity in accessibilty to health care!!!!

  9. WHY AGAIN? says:

    What galls me is that we still don’t have proper health care right in our District Hospitals? Why do we need to travel 50 miles or more to for something as old as ‘stool in the lungs’? Have we forgotten the danger of transporting patients all hours of the day? Have we forgotten Nurse Madonna and the ambulance driver from PG, who drowned trying to transport a pregnant mother? Their lives went in vane as nothing’s changed.

    Its now 11 years after the WHO’s goal for “equal health for all by Y2K”. By now we should have atleast had trained personnel and equipped District Hospitals to take care of these common and simple complications. WHY MOH? WHY DHS? WHEN? After all those cry about the Zenaida’s baby in PG, and the pregnant mother who gave birth to a stillborn because she couldn’t get a flight out of the so called “well off” Island of San Pedro? Why not FIX the damn District hospital so that our people dont have to journey needlessly, for everything other than a common cold! WHY? WHY? WHY?

  10. PROUD BELIZEAN says:

    my condolensces mr. tzib! i feel your pain but as a parent of 8 lovely kids …… i sure would not have waited around for any ambulance or driver ……… i would have taken my wife & child myself to belize city! now a days u just can’t sleep with other people eyes!

  11. So Sad says:

    This will continue to happen if Gov’t does not get on their feet. They say that everything is “OK” maybe for them but not for the rest of the belizean people. This also hasm happen at the Northern Regional Hospital and I know how it feels becausse it happen to my sister. The nurses there just laughed at you when you are in pain. But to me Gov’t is more focused on their election which is coming in two years. People need to sue the nurses and doctors who are not doing their jobs. My Condolences to the mother of father.

  12. Fustrated says:

    @ proud belizean, that is why we pay so much taxes in this country, basic healthcare should be available to everyone. 50 million dollars of our taxpayers monies from SSB is being squandered into a white elephant called BTL. that 50 million would do better providing upgrades to district hospitals.

  13. crazy says:

    No words can console this situation. Take this to court. Someone must pay for this brutal mistake.

  14. Cecilia says:

    Not only sue the hospital, all those on duty who obviously werent doing their duties should be fired. They want the pay but dont want to do the job.

    Can u imagine getting a death certificate instead of a birth certificate.

    Sorry baby… mommy did all she cud to carry you for the past months, but the IDIOTS who work their have NO heart! I hope they go to bed at night and won’t get no rest.

  15. happy in north carolina says:

    These thing need to be reported to the gov. Goverment hires these people maybe the goverment is not taking their time go over their applecation. I would think if you want to be a nurse you need to have quilification or be certified. From what we know that the doctor has some kind training. He should at lease threated the baby while the get a driver.

  16. ros says:

    All the comments and everybody is far away from the truth.
    Has anyone thought of their comments before placing them? Where do you find a hospital with untrained personnel? Which one of you who made comments is a doctor-and who can interpret exactly what is said on that death certificate? I advise you all to get your facts together

  17. ros says:

    condolences to you and your family-

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