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Oct 10, 2019

Belize City Woman Recounts Her Terrible Ordeal at the K.H.M.H.

Twenty-nine-year-old Tracy Mackinnon says that the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital is giving her a hard time to settle a claim against the national referral hospital.  In May 2017, Mackinnon was admitted to the Emergency Department of the K.H.M.H. after she was experiencing abdominal pain while seven months pregnant.  She was later sent to the maternity ward where she says they checked the heart rate of the unborn child and they told her that it was normal. She began vomiting and was informed that she was having uterine contractions, so she was given I.V. fluids, maxolon injection for her vomiting and another injection to mature the baby’s lungs. She was given a second maxolon injection despite objections from Mackinnon. An hour later, Mackinnon says she began shaking uncontrollably and became disoriented.  Ten hours later, after the fetal heart rate was checked once more, she was informed that the baby had died. Mackinnon hired the services of attorney Darlene Vernon who wrote the K.H.M.H.A. about her client’s case.  The K.H.M.H.A. responded willingly to settle the matter out of court and originally offered a sum of fifteen thousand dollars as compensation for damages.


Tracy Mackinnon

Tracy Mackinnon, Complainant

“I was seven months pregnant when I went to the KHMH. Everything was good and they check up everything. In the evening when they came back to check me the baby’s heart beat was low. The nurse went and didn’t come back until ten o’clock in the night. When they check the heart beat, no hear beat. The baby died. When they first took me into a room they also gave me two injections to develop the baby’s lung and they gave for the feel bad which was the maxolon. After that when they brought me back out I remember a nurse who said that she needs to give me another amount of maxolon but I told her that I had already gotten one in the room. She said the doctor said I have to take it so I took it because I have to go by what they say. After that, then I started to go that away like what my mother said. I can’t remember that part. She knows because she was there. They wait until the next day to do the c-section. Before I went in to do the c-section they said my file was missing. They can’t find the file. The file went missing.”

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