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Nov 18, 2009

Musician says life was at risk at Southern Regional Hospital

Story PictureThere is one more allegation to add to a long and growing list of charges of negligence in the national health system. This latest claim comes from a popular local performer who finds himself recuperating at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after his transfer from the Southern Regional Hospital. Twenty-seven year old Albert Tillett Junior, also known as ‘Continental Cat’, told News Five from his bed at the male surgical ward at the K.H.M.H. that if his family did not take heed to a nurse’s advice to seek help elsewhere, he would have been dead today. Continental Cat says that his ordeal began two weeks ago in Dangriga when he started feeling a pain to the right side of his abdomen and went to the Southern Regional Hospital. But he and his father, Albert Tillett Senior, believe that the doctor who performed the surgery to remove his appendix was careless.

Albert “Continental Cat” Tillett Jr., Alleges Hospital Negligence
“Afta di surgery ah mi still feel bad, mi belly di swell up, ah di vomit, ah can’t eat. Anything weh ah eat ah vomit out, ah feel bad. Dehn people noh di tek care ah me.”

Marion Ali
“What you mean by that?”

Albert “Continental Cat” Tillett Jr.
“Dehn noh di tek care ah mi to time. Sometimes ah ask fi di people dehn, dehn mek up dehn face. Den I decide I can’t stay dah dis place because dehn noh di treat me right. Dehn di clean mi wounds out ah sausage pan and dehn thing deh. My ma, my sista everybody deh right deh fi prove it and see it. Wah nurse weh deh dah di place tell my ma mek dehn get me out ah di place cause ah noh wah survive. Wah nurse weh work deh tell we fi mek dehn get me out ah dis place cause ah noh di get better.”

Albert Tillett Sr., Father of Continental Cat
“Saturday morning I received a call that someone from the hospital told my people to get my son from out of that hospital because they can’t do nothing for my son. It was a nurse, to get my son out of the hospital because definite they can’t do nothing for my son there and he’s getting worse. So we get together and flew my son out Saturday afternoon.”

The artist told us that the doctor who conducted the surgery in Dangriga left for Belize City and he did not get his name, but he figured that by his accent, he was not Belizean. He says his condition turned around after undergoing a second surgery at the K.H.M.H. in Belize City.

Albert “Continental Cat” Tillett Jr.
“When I come to this hospital I get much better and I feel much well and everything work out good for me. Thanks to Mr. Moguel; he save mi life.”

Albert Tillett Sr.
“They observe him for a day and a half or so and the swelling just keep going up and the doctor say that they have to give him a second surgery to see what is the situation. After they did an x-ray they saw his guts was twist.”

Albert “Continental Cat” Tillett Jr.
“I more believe dah negligence by di same person weh operate me because when I come yah dehn tell me my guts deh turn and all twist.”

Marion Ali
“Who told you this here?”

Albert “Continental Cat” Tillett Jr.
“Moguel, Mr. Moguel, Dr. Moguel, he told me that. I more believe dah di surgery, dehn neva give me wah good surgery and soh dat suppose to cause dat. Dehn lef my guts wah kinda way. Dehn neva like set it back di proper way.”

Albert Tillett Sr.
“My next move is to inform the Director of Health to check the Dangriga Hospital because there’s a lot of negligence going on down there. It was the second surgery that make him better in Belize City. And that sausage pan thing that totally out ah the question.”

Albert “Continental Cat” Tillett Jr.
“I noh want sing or nothing right now, I just want get back fully, fully, fully, if ih have to tek mi wah three, four months, well dah dat. I just noh wah perform, nothing.”

Continental Cat says although he’s happy to be alive, the experience has slowed down his career for several months and his plans to perform at the November nineteenth celebrations are now replaced by hopes for an early discharge. News Five attempted to contact the Southern Regional Hospital but we were told the authorities were in meetings.

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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