SRHA: Surgeries To Remove Dead Babies From Women Delayed to Facilitate Emergency Procedures


The Southern Regional Health Authority, SRHA, is clarifying the reasons that surgeries for several women at the Mandeville Regional Hospital had to be delayed.

Nationwide News reported this morning that at least eight women had been waiting since Monday to have surgeries to remove their unborn babies who’ve died.

The SRHA says the surgeries had to be postponed to facilitate other emergency medical procedures, not because of a shortage of hospital supplies.

The Authority says eight patients were scheduled for a procedure called dilation and curettage.

The procedure is most often used during first trimester miscarriage or abortion.

The SRHA says seven of the women had their procedures done yesterday.

It says the final patient required further investigation and was rescheduled to undergo the operation today.

The SRHA says all eight women were admitted to the hospital between Tuesday and Wednesday.

However, one of the women, who spoke with Nationwide News yesterday, says she was admitted on Monday.

The Authority says all the women had other medical issues that warranted further investigations prior to surgery.

Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.

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