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Doctors in court over mother's death

By Nikita Braxton-Benjamin

THE PRIVATE charge brought by Lorne Ramsoomair against three
doctors following the 2011 death of his wife during a Caesarean Section, is yet to be read in court.

Yesterday doctors Mondira Seenath, Deepavalli Ramballack and Ashmeed Mohammed re-appeared in the San Fernando Magistrates' Court.

The three, who are being represented by attorneys Jagdeo Singh and Saira Lakhan, faced Justice of the Peace Zorina Ali-Dan.

Singh told the court that preliminary submissions are to be made in the matter. When the doctors first appeared last January, Singh asked that the charge not be read to his clients and said that he will be filing submissions in the case.

These submissions, he had said, will include the process by which the summonses were issued on the three doctors and whether the person making the complaint had the authority to do so.

Chrystal Boodoo-Ramsoomair, 29, died on March 4 2011 following her third Caesarean Section. Lorne Ramsoomair, Boodoo-Ramsoomair's husband, brought private charges last July against Seenath, Ramballack and Mohammed, alleging that they "did medically treat or failed to medically treat Chrystal Ramsoomair in such a negligent manner which caused her death". The charges are contrary to Section 6 of the Offences Against the Person Act Chapter 11:08.

Ramsoomair was yesterday represented by attorney Allister Khan. Senior counsel Israel Khan and attorney Ravi Rajcoomar are also in the case. Twice last year the matter was called before the San Fernando court with summonses being issued for the doctors to appear.

Seenath, Ramballack and Mohammed made their first appearance in January of this year.

The doctors had appealed the January 2013 ruling of High Court Judge Frank Seepersad that Ramsoomair could take civil action against them but Chief Justice Ivor Archie and Appeal Court judges Maureen Rajnauth-Lee and Nolan Bereaux agreed with Seepersad.
On November 2, 2012, the South West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA) accepted liability for Boodoo-Ramsoomair's death but denied that the doctors were negligent. The case was adjourned yesterday to June 27.

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