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Pedestrian knocked down crossing Bypass

By Carolyn Kissoon

San Fernando General Hospital (SFGH) continues to be without a full-time neurosurgeon, as another patient with head injuries was transferred to Port of Spain General Hospital for treatment on Saturday evening.

Peter Wilson, a labourer, was struck by a vehicle while crossing the San Fernando Bypass around 6.45 p.m.

Police said Wilson, 40, attempted to cross the roadway near St Joseph Village, where he was hit by a white Toyota Corolla, driven by a 26-year-old fabricator of Gasparillo.

The driver told police he was heading north along the road when, on reaching the traffic lights, he collided with a pedestrian. He stopped the vehicle and contacted Emergency Medical Services.

Wilson, of Cocoyea Village, San Fernando, was taken to the SFGH where he was stabilised and transported to Port of Spain for neurosurgical treatment.

The SFGH has hired consultants while advertising internationally in a failed bid to fill one of the most important specialties in medicine.

In the interim, an unknown number of patients requiring brain and spinal surgery have been sent to either private or other public institutions for treatment and surgery. Some have died while waiting to be treated, the Express was told.

Patients suffering with brain injuries are assessed and sent to the Port of Spain or Mt Hope hospitals if it is deemed an emergency, and if a bed is available, the Express was told.

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