Another baby dies at NA Hospital; waited over 3 hours for transportation

A New Amsterdam, Berbice family is mourning the death of their four-day-old baby girl Dearah Kenya Trinity Darlington at the New Amsterdam Hospital on Monday. The child’s mother Diskisea Alert, 21 of New Amsterdam, in tears, related to us that she went into Labour on March 24, 2022, and delivered her baby girl on the said date. However, after the delivery doctors explained to her that the baby’s lungs weren’t fully developed, as such the baby was placed in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). According to the mother, doctors on Monday started to “suction” the baby claiming that there was a breathing problem.

She alleged that when they suctioned the newborn, blood started to appear in the suction. Unable to fix the baby’s breathing problem, Doctors informed the young mother that the baby will be put on life support and taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital. The mother alleged that after over three hours of waiting, they were still waiting on transportation to take her daughter to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC). Some five hours later the mother said she was informed that her baby girl was dead. “Unfortunately, what happened at the New Amsterdam Hospital I did not like at all,” the grieving mother cried. “I don’t like it cause the doctor suctioned my baby and the blood started to come out.” The mother said she requested a postmortem examination and when it was conducted on Tuesday, family members were barred from witnessing it.

The Guyana healthcare system continues to deteriorate since August of 2020 as is evident by the careless death of six-year-old McLeno Markus Martindale of South Rupununi in Region nine, in February. That was followed by the death of 3 Y-O Jeniah Iris McPherson at the COVID-19 Hospital Liliendaal in January and the death of ‘Baby Aiden’ at the West Demerara Regional Hospital in January also. The Family of baby Dearah Kenya Trinity Darlington joins a long list of families who are calling for justice for loved ones who would have lost their lives while seeking medical attention at Government-run hospitals across the country.

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