BREAK­ING BABY’S COL­LAR­BONE

The Star (Jamaica) - - Front Page - SI­MONE MOR­GAN-LINDO STAR Writer

Awoman who re­cently gave birth at the An­notto Bay Hospi­tal in St Mary is ac­cus­ing med­i­cal staff of break­ing her new­born’s col­lar­bone dur­ing de­liv­ery. Monique Suther­land, 25, is threat­en­ing to file a law­suit against the hospi­tal.

“I have been in two meet­ings with them and all they did was apol­o­gised. They also told me that they went over my file and they didn’t see where I had any is­sue with de­liv­ery and that in­ci­dents like that don’t hap­pen at their hospi­tal. They are mak­ing it seem like I am the one who did break my baby’s col­lar­bone and I know I didn’t. I am cer­tain of that,” she said.

Suther­land, who lives in Wind­sor Cas­tle, Port­land, said she had a nor­mal de­liv­ery on May 8, and was dis­charged the fol­low­ing day with her son, Dakare Dawkins.

HE WAS IN PAIN

“When we got home, I re­al­ized he was cry­ing a lot but I thought he was just be­ing fussy be­cause him just born. I didn’t know he was in pain. He would cry, es­pe­cially when I hold his right hand, but I didn’t take it for any­thing About a week af­ter I gave birth I was play­ing with him and when he turned his head to the left and that’s when I saw a swelling in his neck. When I touched it, I could feel a bone sticking up,” she said.

She told THE WEEK­END STAR that she took the in­fant back to the An­notto Bay Hospi­tal two days later, and she was told that the baby’s col­lar­bone was bro­ken.

“It was a Satur­day when I saw the swelling so I took the baby the Mon­day. Af­ter they did the tests and ex­am­i­na­tion they started to ask me a lot of ques­tions like I was the one who did some­thing to the baby. One of the doc­tors even asked if I had put my baby on the ground and if he had got­ten a fall. I know for a fact that the baby didn’t drop or any­thing. The baby al­ways on the bed,” she said.

Dr Pa­trick Whea­tle, re­gional di­rec­tor of North East Re­gional Health Au­thor­ity, which is re­spon­si­ble for the op­er­a­tion and man­age­ment of health ser­vices within St. Ann, St Mary and Port­land, said he has re­quested a re­port on the mat­ter.

“The fa­cil­ity has been in com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the mother and we are await­ing the re­sults from the fa­cil­ity. We are here to serve the pub­lic so we ac­knowl­edge the com­plaint and is wait­ing on the re­ports,” he said.

Health Min­is­ter Dr Christo­pher Tufton, in a tweet, said that he too has re­quested a re­port.

C ONTRIBUTED

This swelling on the baby’s col­lar­bone was no­ticed about a week af­ter he was born.

Monique Suther­land

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