Thursday, January 18, 2018

Baby Simeon’s parents: Time to say goodbye

The parents of baby Simeon said yesterday they want to say goodbye to their son and put him to rest this week.

The funeral has been tentatively set for tomorrow.

On March 1, Quelly Ann Cottle underwent a Caesarean section at the Mt Hope Women’s Hospital during which her seven-month-old-baby was cut on the head resulting in his death. 

Dr Javed Chinnia has since been suspended pending the outcome of an independent investigation.

Speaking to the Express yesterday, Cottle and her husband, Emil Millington, said they were considering having a second autopsy on the baby but decided to proceed with his funeral as the first autopsy conducted by Dr Ramjit Chunilal of Mt Hope did note there were lacerations to the baby’s head.

“I think it’s time we put our son to rest; too much time has passed and he needs to rest in peace,” said Cottle.

She said there was no hiding the truth of what happened that day and she hopes all persons responsible will be held accountable for the loss of her child.

She questioned the delay in the appointment of a team to investigate the matter.

Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan had said an independent team would be put in place to probe the baby’s death.

The Express understands that Attorney General Anand Ramlogan has been mandated to select the team which will consist of foreign persons and outline the terms of reference for the investigation.

Meanwhile, the Medical Practitioners Association of Trinidad and Tobago (MPATT), in a posting on its website, has stated  that “MPATT  has already been approached by a member who was less implicated in this event and continues to offer support and guidance”.

“MPATT is also aware that a doctor has since been suspended from clinical duties pending the completion of an investigation which has been initiated by the Ministry of Health and the NCRHA. However, MPATT notes that, upon review of our records, the suspended colleague is not currently a member of MPATT. Nonetheless, MPATT has offered our services to this doctor.”

MPATT added that it insists and expects any investigation undertaken must be done in a fair and transparent manner in accordance with all protocols and procedures to ensure the provision of justice to all parties involved. 

“We hope that the appointed investigative committee will follow the example, the guidance and standards set by organisations such as the British Medical Association and the General Medical Council (UK) when adjudicating this case,” stated MPATT.

MPATT also stated it empathises with and offers sincerest condolences to the affected family during this ordeal.