Feb 11, 2015 News
The post mortem examination which was expected to have been done on the remains of 23-year-old Athina Kennedy, the woman who died five months after a suspected abortion, has again been stalled.
It is unclear why the post mortem (PM) was delayed, but this newspaper was informed that a pathologist from Georgetown was expected to travel to Bartica to conduct the examination.
The PM was supposed to be done on the woman’s remains since last week.
“Every time we go, they keep telling us that we have to come back tomorrow and when we go back, is the same thing they keep telling us. I really don’t know when they are going to do the PM,” the dead woman’s partner, Nathaniel Leandrew said.
He opined that the constant delays in the PM could be “a spiteful move” by medical personnel at the Bartica Hospital, since according to Leandrew, the doctor accused of performing the botched abortion on his partner, had threatened him.
“He (the doctor) tell me that if I go to the newspaper, no one from the Bartica hospital will look at me and my family,” the man claimed.
According to Leandrew, when he tried to find out from workers at the hospital, what is causing the constant delays, no one from the health institution was willing to assist him.
Athina Kennedy, of 44 Second Avenue, Bartica, died at the Bartica Hospital around 02:00 hrs two Wednesdays ago, despite undergoing surgery at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) to repair an alleged perforated uterus.
The injuries were reportedly sustained during an abortion which was reportedly done last September at a cost of $8000, allegedly at the clinic of the doctor in question.
The young mother was three months pregnant when she had the pregnancy terminated.
Kaieteur News was told that one week after the woman had the abortion done, her health started to deteriorate.
Her partner explained that the woman was slightly paralyzed. “She couldn’t walk or move around too much, so I took her to the Bartica Hospital and the doctor said that it was Chikungunya and he gave her an injection.”
Leandrew said that the third time he took his partner to the hospital, she was admitted and subsequently transferred to the GPHC where she was hospitalized for seven weeks.
“They (doctors at GPHC) said that her uterus was damaged because of an abortion and they had to fix it. At first, she went in the ward and then they transferred her to the ICU (Intensive Care Unit). She was unresponsive and was on a machine,” Leandrew said.
He added, “I went to the doctor who did the abortion on her and tell him that he has to assist us financially, or I will report him to the newspaper. He gave me $20,000 and said that’s all he can give. He said even if I go to the papers, nothing will happen to him, and that me and my family will feel shame.”
On November 1, last, Athina Kennedy was discharged from the GPHC after her condition improved, but was eventually rushed to the Bartica Hospital after her condition deteriorated again. She later succumbed.
The doctor in question categorcially denied doing an abortion on the woman.
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