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Nov 1, 2012

Another Northern Regional case of malpractice and childbirth

Since September first, a number of women who went to the Northern Regional Hospital for child birth or obstetrics left the hospital with life threatening complications. While the Ministry of Health has remained mum, more and more cases are surfacing and tonight we report on the gripping story of Magdalena Chable and her baby Romelly. Magdalena went to deliver but instead of a joyful experience, she and her baby have been scarred for life. News Five’s Delahnie Bain reports.


Delahnie Bain, Reporting

Baby Romelly Chable turned two months today and she has already been through a life altering ordeal. On September first, her mother, forty-one year old Magdalena Chable was admitted at the Northern Regional Hospital with labor pains at around four-thirty in the morning. She says her problems with the hospital started immediately, as she was given.


Magdalena Chable, Alleges Medical Malpractice

“When I ketch pain and I went in, they admit me. Dat dah when dehn tell me I was eight [centimeters dilated]. Den from deh, dehn tell me I was six centimeters open, den dehn tell me I was nine. Bout ten-thirty dehn tell me dat I only reach nine and from deh I tell di gynecologist, please cut me cause I can’t go no more. Ih noh pay me no mind, ih ignore me. So afta I seh it bout three times, from deh well two o’clock dah when dehn ker me fi cut. Two-forty-five my baby born.”


But by then the damage was done. Chable’s bladder was cut allegedly due to the haste in preparing for the delayed surgery and her newborn suffered brain damage.


Magdalena Chable

Magdalena Chable

“When my baby born, dehn ker ah to K.H.M.H.  Ih born Saturday so Sunday afternoon bout round eleven so dehn rush ah to K.H.M.H. Dehn rush ah and from deh ih stay two weeks eena hospital and me with my urine bag home, I didn’t si my baby until eena two weeks. And from deh ih got head damage and Doctor seh dat we will not see what really damage from her until when she is growing, den we wah si what dat di defect she will have.”


Delahnie Bain

“So for now, has anything been wrong with her since she came home?”


Magdalena Chable

“Well, right now yes. Right now ih got problem with drinking her milk with breast, ih got problem wid dat. So we done know dah what. Ih have wah foot weh tremble and wah hand weh sudden like ih tremble, dat dah di defect weh she have. Dat dah two already; so we don’t know if she have more.  The Sunday when dehn rush ah dah K.H.M.H., she mi ketch seizures three times; going cause di night ih mi ketch it two time. Dah sake ah one nurse from the Northern Regional Hospital, only sake ah she dehn rush my baby t Belize that’s why I thank the good Lord, my baby is living. And the cat scan weh dehn do ah, dat show we ih head mi big and bruise inside and ih mi have lotta blood. Lotta blood clots. Dat gone down slowly and finally but ih mi done damage ih brains.”


What makes the situation even more painful for Chable is that twenty years ago when she had her first child, delivery complications led to serious brain damage. Today, her oldest daughter is still fully dependent on her and she says that even knowing her history, the doctors delayed her c-section.


Magdalena Chable

“From when I start clinic, I tell dem please I need a surgery because my first baby mi come with brain damage so I tell dehn I noh want go through that again. So I di ask fi my surgery and dehn tell me no I have to go through pain and everything. But I tell dehn I done forty-one years old and I noh want go through dat again.  When dehn check mi, dehn gone do mi wah x-ray two weeks before, I mi gone een first and dehn admit me fi one night. And when dehn admit me, my baby was cross so the gynecologist tell me I have to tek wah x-ray. So di next day dehn tek wah x-ray and when dehn tek di x-ray di baby was good to settle but I don’t know she mi done have my belly—ih turn back.”


Chable is now contemplating legal action and says the hospital needs to do better.


Magdalena Chable

“I woulda want dehn do better because this weh di happen, ih happen to me, ih happen worse to other people so I don’t want that to continue. So if they could probably do something mek di people get good treatment.”


Delahnie Bain

“Have you thought about taking legal action against the hospital?”


Magdaleno Chable

“Well, yes because my baby, no one will—that is only me will mind my baby and she done have brain problem and right now no money noh deh. Who will help me wid dat?”


Chable says she returned to the Northern Regional Hospital twice since giving birth because she was in pain, but the gynecologist refused to see her and she has turned to the Northern Medical Plaza for help. Delahnie Bain for News Five.


Chable, like other victims, has written to the Belize Medical and Dental Association, which is asking for a full investigation into the allegations of medical malpractice.

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9 Responses for “Another Northern Regional case of malpractice and childbirth”

  1. Reality says:

    SHUT IT DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Young Gial says:

    Very sad, and this is exactly why I had my first child at a private hospital. I won’t lie, I have heard good stories and bad ones about our public hospital. But I am sorry, I never want to have a baby at any public hospital, because my baby is not a case for a russian roulette game.

    God bless you and your child my dear, have faith.

  3. WILD ROSE says:

    this is a sad, sad case and yes she should sue! After all she is the one who will have to put up with raising that child and all the special care that she needs; where are the human rights lawyers? they should be volunteering to take up this case and other cases like these if they are truly concerned about justice in this country especially for the oppressed. Our doctors need to get their acts together mein…..

  4. Concerned says:

    Fight for your rights as I did if not my baby would have been dead due to their carlessness.

  5. Monica says:

    Sorry for your lost mothers. Immediately remove the OB/GYN doctor & nurses that are operating/delivering babies in that hospital. Mothers if you know something is abnormal report it to the media immediately & don’t be afraid to CALL OUT NAMES. This is the only way this MALPRACTICE is going to be handled. Everybody wanting to collect a PAYCHECK & be called called when they do not desever either because of their INCOMPETENCE.

  6. Concerned Belizean says:

    Dont need to shut down!, never make another wrong from a mistake….. Just need to replace the ones that obviously dont and are not fit to work there…… very simple! What we need is quality health care, not malpractice!

  7. wendolina says:

    It’s really sad that besides having such a low healthcare system we have incompetent humans, if we can even call them that, working at this hospitals. They are preety lazy and dont even like their job. Not all of them though, but some. I was at KHMH in ward for 2 months and there were some nurses that were just plain lazy. I really hope that government starts kicking out some people and hiring those that are willing to make a change in Belize. This needs to stop , its Belize future we are risking here.

  8. Jewel says:

    Why are the names of such doctors not being made public? Their licenses should be revoked because clearly they are incompetent!

  9. Concern says:

    Is it true the Doctor involve is the Minister of Health’s family, the reason why nothing is being done??? Come on Suga City – you are one of the strongest group of people in this country- stand up for your people and get these malpractice doctors out of there, out of Belize. Our people are not guinea pigs!

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