Baby dies at Southern Regional Hospital after C-Section
It’s the worst news any mother could get, especially at this time of the year. But twenty-one year old, Dangriga resident, Sheronda Samuels has to cope with the loss of her newborn son. Samuels went in to the Southern Regional Hospital on December eighth for Caesarian section; but when she woke up from the surgery, she was told that her baby had died due to a number of complications. Samuels sent a copy of the post mortem, which tells a completely different story and raises questions about what was really the cause of the death of the new born. She told News Five via phone today that she is seeking legal advice to get justice for her son.
Via Phone: Sheronda Samuels, Wants Justice for Baby’s Death
“I had the pain right away at the hospital so they fixed me up for me to do the surgery. I went in and they had this lady, I guess she was Cuban that cut me, that did the surgery on me. But they had three persons, three of the staff, that pressed into my belly in the theatre room for the baby to come out. When the baby was born, it was born one o’clock that same Thursday. They told me that he was born with no lungs, his heart wasn’t in the right place and he had water head. But after that—oh and he born with seven pounds and he only lived for ten minutes. That’s what they told me in the hospital. But when they brought him to me, he was already dead for me to see him. So another doctor asked us for them to take the baby to do a post mortem in Belize City and when the post mortem come back, the results; nothing like that happened with my baby. The baby had wah bleeding—the post mortem said that the baby born healthy, his lungs was there, his heart was there, he didn’t have water head. The baby just had hemorrhage in the head; he born with a bleeding inside the head. They told us that—the man that cut the baby told us that if I born the baby natural birth, then that baby head could have been damaged on my bone. But since I had that C section, they want to know how the baby head come with that bleeding and I had C section. But I guess it was because of those three staff members of that hospital that pressed into my belly; I guess that the baby head damaged on my bone. But none of them don’t want to come out and say really what happened. They just told us a bunch of lies. And the baby lived for two hours actually, not ten minutes. He died three-thirty-five, that’s what the man told us that cut the baby. But otherwise from that, ih born with eight pounds, ih noh born seven pounds.”
“So what do you intend to do about this? Are going to seek legal advice?”
Via Phone: Sheronda Samuels
“Well actually, I di try get wah lawyer because I want justice fi my baby. I di try get wah lawyer because they tell me fi sue dehn. So I di try get wah lawyer, me and the father.”
Samuels says that even though, the hospital has received a copy of the post mortem results, she has not been able to get an explanation from them. News Five contacted the Southern Regional Hospital today, but the Chief of Staff was out of office.