Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Mother: We got no money

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Baby’s Simeon’s mother: Quelly Ann Cottle

Mark Fraser


The parents of baby Simeon are expected to meet with officials of the North Central Regional Health Authority (NCRHA) today to discuss a possible settlement for the death of their son.

Quelly Ann Cottle and Emil Millington will be attending the meeting with their legal representative, Farees Scoon.

Cottle told the Express yesterday she remains “open minded” to what may be offered by the NCRHA but was still very upset after reading the report into her baby’s death.

In March this year, baby Simeon died during Caesarean surgery done by Dr Javed Chinnia who has been suspended.

A team comprising United Kingdom specialist Dr Melanie Clare Davies, neonatologist Dr Petronella Manning-Alleyne and chaired by retired judge Mustapha Ibrahim was appointed by Attorney General Anand Ramlogan to probe the baby’s death.

The AG yesterday disclosed that some $835,299.48 was paid for the report with Ibrahim receiving $500,000, Manning $190,000 and Davies $114,000.

Cottle said she has no problem with the monies paid to the investigative team as a full report was given on her baby’s death.

“What I am concerned about is what will become of me and my family when it comes to looking at compensation. I have a lot of questions,” said Cottle.

She said she was bombarded with phone calls yesterday from people who thought she had received payments based on the Express report that $8 million was paid for the baby Simeon report.

Cottle said she wants no harm to come to her children and stressed that she has received no monies for the death of her child and wanted to make this clear to people who thought her family had now come into money.

—Anna Ramdass