Molly not about to Give Up on Son’s ‘Sus­pi­cious Death’

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - Keryn Nel­son

Few sto­ries re­cently pub­lished in this news­pa­per have at­tracted as much pub­lic con­cern as Molly’s, fea­tured on the front page of last Satur­day’s Sev­eral read­ers hinted at their own bad ex­pe­ri­ences with med­i­cal prac­ti­tion­ers they ac­cused of neg­li­gence. Molly had her own share of em­pathis­ers. “What many of them said was they were sur­prised the whole mat­ter of my baby’s death was still un­re­solved,” she said. “Some of them at the time were telling me not to give up, things would turn out fine. Now they know how wrong they were.”

The story also in­spired many on­line com­ments, again from peo­ple who had been mis­di­ag­nosed them­selves, or had rel­a­tives who had re­ceived shoddy med­i­cal at­ten­tion here. One poster claimed: “Ju­nior doc­tors are left on their own; un­su­per­vised. This is very wrong. Pa­tients are not lab rats.”

When in­vited to com­ment on the re­ac­tions to Molly’s story, Vic­to­ria Hos­pi­tal and Min­istry of Health per­son­nel said they could not, on the ground that the mat­ter was still pend­ing be­fore a court.

While she did not wish to ad­dress Molly’s case di­rectly, Dr. Alisha Eu­gene, the med­i­cal di­rec­tor at Vic­to­ria Hos­pi­tal, pro­vided clar­i­fi­ca­tion of the term “ju­nior doc­tors”, say­ing that only qual­i­fied med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als op­er­ate at VH. “Some­times there may be in­terns look­ing on dur­ing a delivery; that’s how they learn,” said Dr. Eu­gene. “Then again, se­nior house of­fi­cers who are qual­i­fied and reg­is­tered are of­ten re­ferred to as ‘ju­nior doc­tors’.”

Ad­di­tion­ally: “You may also have a sit­u­a­tion where a woman in labour comes in who has had more than one baby. If she has no prob­lems, if she’s okay, mid­wives will de­liver her lat­est. In such cases there is no need for a physi­cian.”

At her last meet­ing in Jan­uary with the health min­is­ter and other key mem­bers of the health sec­tor, Molly was promised a se­cond DNA anal­y­sis. She says she was told that the di­rec­tor at the foren­sic lab­o­ra­tory would con­tact her but, to date, Molly has not re­ceived the call. Her own ef­forts to reach the di­rec­tor had all proved fu­tile.

On Wed­nes­day, with her new­born son, Gifted, sleep­ing on her ch­est, Molly told this reporter: “They would have been broth­ers. Some­times I miss Gabriel a lot. You may see me with a smile on my face at times but no one knows what I am feel­ing in­side. I need to know where my baby is and what hap­pened to him.”

Molly has kept a full ac­count of ev­ery­thing re­lat­ing to what she con­sid­ers “the sus­pi­cious death” of her new­born son some three years ago. She in­sists on jus­tice for her fam­ily, re­gard­less of what that might take.

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