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Jan 16, 2015

K.H.M.H. C.E.O. Speaks On Lucia Martinez Case

Adrian Coye

The case of eighteen year old Hattieville resident Lucia Martinez is distasteful and disturbing. The young girl gave birth to her first child recently at the K.H.M.H. She claims that a retaining swab was left inside her and led to a deadly infection. Martinez says that it was her husband who made the grisly discovery after days of her feeling progressively worse. She was rushed to the Western Regional Hospital, where she was allegedly told that the infection could have killed her, since her entire system was being poisoned. It’s a serious allegation against an institution still reeling in the wake of multiple infant deaths. The K.H.M.H. hasn’t spoken on the matter, so today when we got the opportunity to ask K.H.M.H. C.E.O. Dr. Adrian Coye about it, we did. Coye agreed that it was indeed serious, though he says he would have preferred that the matter be brought into the hospital before being taken to the media.


Dr. Adrian Coye, Chief Executive Officer, K.H.M.H.

“The question of a retaining swab is a very serious incident and we don’t take this matter lightly. So in finding out what had happened, as in the first media report, I spoke with her directly to find out how she was, how her baby was, and we assured her that we would deal with it in a very serious way internally, but we want to make sure that she is well. So we invited her to come so that our doctors can assess her and we give her the opportunity to express all her grievances. So far she has seen one of our team members, our doctors, even though we had an appointment at a certain time they came at a different time and a little confusion was there, which is I think part of the frustration that you could see when she went back to the media. Nevertheless we are to see her again on Monday. We will address all the other issues there, and internally we will resolve the matter as we should.”



“How critical was the situation? She has said on the media that she has been told by doctors at the Western Regional that another three, four days she might have died. Was it that serious?”


Dr. Adrian Coye

“First of all that kind of opinion can be generated from anybody…I am not sure if that is truly what a doctor would say so that would be hearsay. We would like to have that one on one encounter with her and whatever representatives so we can be clear about all these things because in the end you hear one sequence of events and other things…but we have been able to document and see internally what has happened. If you think about it, we have last year eighteen hundred or so deliveries, and this is the first of all of that eighteen hundred that we have had such an incident.”

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