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Jan 3, 2019

Corozal Couple Blames Hospital for Son’s Death

Corozal couple Leah Miller and Dion Woodeye Senior brought in the New Year mourning the loss of their eleven-week old son, Dion Junior. They say they took their son to the Corozal Community Hospital after he began experiencing diarrhea and excessive vomiting. The baby died of dehydration a few hours later. The couple says that if baby Dion was given the emergency care he needed, he would have still been alive tonight. News Five’s Hipolito Novelo has the story.

 

Hipolito Novelo, Reporting

A young couple of Corozal Town is today demanding justice, justice for their eleven-week old baby boy Dion Woodeye Junior, who died at the Corozal community hospital on New Years’ eve. The parents believe that his death could have been prevented if he was afforded the emergency care he needed.

Leah Miller along with her common-law-husband Dion Woodeye Senior took their baby to the hospital after he began suffering from diarrhea and excessive vomiting.

 

Leah Miller

Leah Miller, Mother of Deceased

“We went to the observation room and he told the nurse to connect the drips and he went back to his room. When the nurse checked the baby’s hand his veins were also closed. She said that she cannot find any vein on this baby. She said right now she will come back and she will call for the doctor because the baby needs to go to the emergency; he doesn’t look good. So she went and get the doctor and the doctor came and he walked in front of us and me and she behind. We went to the emergency back. The nurse put the oxygen for him and the same thing for his heart. Like fifteen minutes after a nurse came to me and asked me to give her the baby. They took him into the trauma room and I never saw him until they told me he died.”

 

A post-mortem conducted today revealed that Baby Dion died of dehydration. Miller says that if her son was given the emergency care he needed, his life could have been saved.

 

Leah Miller

“They didn’t treat him as I reached. I know they could have saved him. They never saved my baby. I could think. I stayed there and stand up and watched him. I just cried.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“Is it something you are willing to accept?”

 

Leah Miller

“I can’t accept it because when I came in with my baby, he was still lively. He was still sucking his baba. I know they could have saved my baby, only of that nurse. She could have gone and check with the doctor.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“How long they had you waiting on the other side?”

 

Leah Miller

“Two Hours.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“And after two hours you were brought back?”

 

Leah Miller

“Brought back over her and after half an hour the baby died.”

 

And now the young couple is speaking out with the hopes to prevent a reoccurrence.

 

Dion Woodeye Sr.

Dion Woodeye Sr., Father of Deceased

“I can’t believe he still dead but in a way that this would be an example to other families and people that if we do not put a  stop to this that they can’t attend to children or to anyone in emergency that means that it is not an emergency. We have to seek justice because if we don’t do that it will have over and over again.”

 

News Five, Hipolito Novelo.

 

We were unable to get a comment from an official at the Corozal Hospital because we were told that their offices were closed.


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