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Ministry of Health investigating death of baby

Earlier this week, we told you about an eleven week baby boy, Deon Cecil Woodye Jr., who died at the Corozal Hospital.  The parents are blaming the hospital stating that the lapse of time from the child’s arrival to when he was seen by the doctor may have contributed to the child’s death. The mother explained that the baby had diarrhea and vomiting, but when she arrived at the emergency, she was referred to the clinic and two hours had elapsed before the doctor saw her baby. Love News reached out to the Ministry of Health and spoke with Dr. Marvin Manzanero, the Director of Health Services who said that the matter is being investigated.

Marvin Manzanero Director of Health Services: “What we are trying to do for an internal measure for us is to determine what actually transpired from the patient that arrived to when the patient died and in babies that die under five there is always going to be an autopsy requested and there is an investigation launched. Now the normal process is that any person coming into the emergency room there should be somebody to triage or indicate whether it is a real emergency or whether the person can be seen at an Outpatient Department. Our understanding in this case doesn’t seem that the nurse saw the patient initially because her initial statement was that the mom had given an indication of how the child was but she did not see the patient. She just based on what she was told by the patient from the Outpatient Department and when she got to the Outpatient Department another process starts and I am not justifying or defending anybody but while the reason why we also seem to be caught up in between these two bases because we also have a good amount of people showing up at A & E that are not real emergencies and they may shy away from the a real emergency which in perhaps was the case in this particular instance.

Johnelle Mckenzie: “ Do you think the Hospitals would put in place something to avoid this happening in the future?”

Marvin Manzanero Director of Health Services: I think it was one of the issues and as  I said we are trying to ascertain when the baby got here, when the baby was seen and died because there are levels or responsibilities that are anticipated from all the different levels of healthcare workers, the practical nurse the triage nurse, the doctors, everybody has a responsibility to play so we are trying to ascertain who was doing what when they were supposed to have been doing procedure.

The family says they are exploring their legal options on this matter.

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