Mom believes poor patient care caused newborn’s death
Eighteen-year-old Natasha Singh of Tuschen Housing Scheme, East Bank Essequibo, lost her first child at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) on Wednesday last, around 02:30 hours, mere minutes after she had given birth. She insists that poor patient care was responsible.
The young woman who buried the infant yesterday recalled that she was admitted to the West Demerara Regional Hospital on July 26 and was subsequently transferred to the Georgetown Hospital on July 31.
Singh related that while at the West Demerara Hospital, labour was induced but that did not produce the desired effect. According to the woman, the doctor who was attending to her recommended that “drips” be administered to further induce labour. Following that, the woman said she was informed by medical officials at the hospital that her blood pressure was rapidly increasing. Hence the decision was made to transfer her to the GPHC.
“They admit me to the Georgetown Hospital on Tuesday night (July 31) and a doctor examine me and tell me that everything will be okay.”
At the GPHC, the woman said, the nurses again induced labour as her pain continued. Singh further stated that she was advised to inform the nurse on duty if there was anything she was not comfortable with.
At about 02:00 hours on Wednesday (August 1), Singh said she informed the nurse that she wanted to go to the washroom, and claims to have been told “Do it there.”
Singh related that after the pain became unbearable given that it was her first experience, she called out to the nurse for a second time, but was accused of “making noise in the ward”.
“The nurse started to row and never came to see what I wanted. I told her that I feel the baby coming out, but she told me that it was too early and that I must take some rest,” the woman stated.
Singh claims that she sought help from another nurse, but was merely told to “shut up”. This publication was told that Singh was only attended to after the nurses realized that the baby was partially delivered. It was only at that point, Singh said, she was taken into the labour room where she delivered the baby and was returned to the maternity ward.
“About half hour later, the nurse told me that my baby dead. I don’t know what happened. I asked what cause my baby to die, but they said that the post mortem will say that,” the woman disclosed.
The woman opined that if more attention was given to her maybe her baby would have been alive. A post mortem was reportedly done on the baby, and the relatives claim to have been told that the results will be revealed at a later date.