Oct 13, 2015 News
– Mother says hospital did nothing to save him
A mother is claiming that her teenage son was left on the Leonora Cottage hospital floor to die, Sunday afternoon, despite being told that he was in the water for a long time.
Charles Anthony Pross, 14, of Lot 676 La Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara (WBD) died around 16:30 hrs.
According to reports, the teenager and his relatives had gone on a family outing at a resort in Bushy Park, Parika, East Bank Essequibo (EBE) when the tragedy occurred.
Shellon Henry, the teen’s mother, believes that strange happenings might have been responsible for her son’s drowning.
The devastated mother said that the hospital could have done something to save her son’s life instead of leaving him on the floor to die.
The woman explained that it was her brother’s birthday so the sibling took relatives out on a picnic at the resort. She claimed that from the minute they entered the resort, a lot of strange things started to happen. Her relatives were treated differently from the others.
“When we go in, the owner told us that we have to pay for the benab. Other people didn’t have to pay. After that, a child wanted to urinate and we had to pay $100 but again, we were the only people who were paying,” Henry said.
She explained that when her relatives realized that they were being treated differently, they opted to leave but her brother insisted on staying a little longer.
“When we agree to wait a little more, I tell them (her relatives) that I going to the washroom. While I walking, my son come to me and show me a red and black fish and tell me that the man (who works at the resort) give it to him,” Henry said.
She added that she told her son to wait until she returned from the washroom and they will return the fish.
“When I come out from the washroom, the man who gave my son the fish come to me and tell me that the water carrying away my son. When I run go, my brother swim towards the location, the man showed us, and I stand in the shallow part of the water while the man was sitting right near me in the water,” Henry explained.
She added that her brother combed the location where the man told them he saw the teen’s body but was unable to locate him.
“You see when that man got up from where he was sitting, my son body bounced up right there. His feet were tied with twine and the bone at the back of his neck just pointing upwards like,” the mother started.
She recalled performing CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) on her son continuously until he reached to the hospital.
“When we took him to the hospital, they didn’t have stretcher or anything. They just had him on the floor for almost an hour. One Cuban nurse left to go for a stethoscope and she never come back,” Henry alleged.
She further revealed that when the nurses finally took her son into the Emergency Room, they returned a short while and informed her that the teen had died.
“They didn’t even try to pump the water or so,” she revealed.
A Post Mortem examination will be done on Wednesday to confirm the cause of death.
Calls to the Minister of Public Health yesterday, went unanswered.
“A lady told me that the person there does sacrifice children. She said that my son is the fifth child that died for this year,” the mother said. However, this newspaper could not confirm any deaths at the resort.
Meanwhile, police are probing the circumstances surrounding the death of 58-year-old Nicholas Jacobus whose body was recovered from the Pomeroon River at around 09:45 hrs on Sunday.
Investigations so far revealed that Jacobus was returning home from a shop in the Pomeroon River in a paddle boat on Friday. The boat alone was seen in the river the following day with the front damaged,
Police are probing both deaths.
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