“They Don’t Care” – Patient Contradicts Health Authority’s Claims Over Postponement Of Surgery To Remove Dead Baby


At least one patient of the Mandeville Regional Hospital is contradicting the Southern Regional Health Authority’s claims regarding the postponement of a medical procedure.

The patient told Nationwide News yesterday that she along with 7 other women have been awaiting surgery since Monday.

The women were awaiting a procedure called Dilation and Curettage, or D and C to remove their unborn babies that had died.

The Southern Regional Health Authority in response says the procedures were delayed due to other complications the women had, and also to facilitate other emergency procedures.

The Southern Regional Health Authority says the eight patients were admitted to hospital between Tuesday and Wednesday.

In a statement, the Regional Authority says all the patients had some form of medical issue that warranted further investigations prior to surgery.

It says one patient was convinced she had not miscarried, saying she could still feel her unborn baby moving and requested an ultrasound.

According to the Southern Regional Health Authority, what it calls non-urgent D and C are usually facilitated on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

It says all the procedures were done between early yesterday and this morning.

But, a distraught patient who spoke with Nationwide News yesterday, in a plea for intervention, told us today, that her surgery was among the first four surgeries done last night.

The patient says she and the other patients were told since Monday not to eat because they were being prepared for surgery.

In the meantime, Gynecologist, Dr. Michael Abrahams, says the incident was unfortunate.

Dr Abrahams notes that he hadn’t been officially briefed on the specific cases.

But, he says women should not have to wait that long to undergo that particular procedure.

Dr. Abrahams also says miscarriage in the early stage of pregnancy happens frequently and several women across the island have to await the procedure.

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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