Thursday, February 22, 2018

Mom dies from blood loss after C-section


NEWBORN: Joyce Boodoo, the mother of Chrystal Ramsoomair, cradles baby Danielle at their St Mary's Village home in Freeport yesterday. —Photo: DAVE PERSAD

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A 29-year-old woman who chose the San Fernando General Hospital to deliver her baby last Friday, bled to death that night after an alleged botched Caesarean Section.

Chrystal Ramsoomair's baby was healthy when delivered but doctors could not stop the mother's blood loss despite a series of emergency procedures, relatives said.

An autopsy done Saturday by pathologist professor Hubert Daisley, and witnessed by senior doctors at the hospital, gave the cause of death as hypovolaemic shock, poor hysterectomy, and Caesarean Section (C-section).

Ramsoomair's family said they were told that two arteries were mistakenly cut during the delivery and doctors never knew the source of the blood loss until the autopsy.

A C-section is a surgical incision through the abdominal wall and uterus to deliver a baby.

Hypovolaemic shock results from severe blood loss which makes the heart unable to pump blood through the body.

The Health Ministry issued a statement yesterday, offering condolences to the family. The ministry stated that the South West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA) had contacted the family to "discuss their concerns and has offered all necessary counselling".

Health Minister Therese Baptiste-Cornelis has been briefed on the woman's death and Chief Medical Officer Dr Anton Cumberbatch has asked for a "complete investigation which has been agreed to by the SWRHA board".

Ramsoomair lived at St Mary's Village Freeport, with husband Lorne Ramsoomair, son Christian, five, and 18-month-old daughter Sarah. The husband was said to be "suicidal with grief" yesterday.

Ramsoomair's third child was to be her last, said her brother, Police Corporal Shiva Boodoo.

He said the pregnancy was normal, and the family gynaecologist recommended that a C-section be performed by a trusted doctor at the public hospital, instead of a private medical centre, where Ramsoomair delivered her two other children by C-section.

Boodoo said the delivery was scheduled for 9 a.m but performed at around 1p.m, and Ramsoomair's baby girl, Danielle, was delivered without complications.

"But soon after my sister was returned to the ward, she complained of feeling dizzy and weak," he said.

Ramsoomair's 60-year- old mother Joyce Boodoo said it was she who pulled back the sheets to discover the massive amount of blood being lost by her daughter while she lay in bed.

Boodoo said drugs were administered and eight pints of blood were given before doctors performed a hysterectomy—a surgery to remove the uterus or womb.

Ramsoomair died on the Intensive Care Unit at 10.55 pm.

Ramsoomair's father, retired police sergeant Bunsee Boodoo, said a lawyer will be filing a medical negligence lawsuit.

Her brother said, "These three children my sister left behind are all babies. What will become of them?. They should receive some form of compensation, a trust fund should be set up. And those involved must be held accountable".

The funeral for Ramsoomair will be held tomorrow.