A resident of Silk Grass Village says she was shunned and denied treatment at the Western Regional Hospital on Thursday night. 26-year-old Emily Depaz was one of four persons who were involved in a road traffic incident in Armenia Village, Cayo District. Love News understands that they were travelling in a pickup truck when they experienced a blow-out. They were taken to the Western Regional Hospital and that was when their ordeal was compounded. According to Diana Somoza who was also a victim in the accident, the nurses at the hospital refused to attend to Depaz as she was coughing up blood. To add insult to injury the medical caregivers allegedly accused the accident victims of being from San Pedro. According to Somoza she was physically assaulted by a nurse at the Western Regional Hospital.
Love News sought a comment from the Western Regional Hospital regarding the incident. Our Cayo Correspondent Fem Cruz was able to speak with Dr Javier Zuniga earlier today.
Dr.Javier Zuniga, Regional Health Manager, Western Health Region: “Management is aware of the incident and the complainants have made a formal complaint to the hospital. The administrative team will now look at that complaint. We’re also requesting reports from all of the staff that were involved in this incident and we will then establish what occurred and a timeline of those events. At this time I’m unable to comment further until we have investigated the matter however if our officers are found to be culpable then management will take disciplinary action.”
Depaz was taken to a private facility by her family where she was treated and released the day after. Somoza says she has since made a report to the police.