Baby dies at hospital … SWRHA MUST PAY

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On Thursday, the Housing Development Corporation (HDC) was ordered to pay more than $400,000 after a woman was killed by a pit bull on one of their compounds.

Now, on Friday, the South West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA) has been ordered to pay compensation to the parents of a three-year-old boy with cerebral palsy who died while being treated at the San Fernando General Hospital in 2009.

Attorneys for the SWRHA accepted liability for the death of Evans Massiah.

Justice Carol Gobin did not quantify the damages that Massiah’s parents, Guy and Shaheeda, should receive, as she ordered that it be assessed at a later date by a High Court Master.

Gobin also ordered that the SWRHA pay the couple’s legal costs for bringing the lawsuit against it.

In the lawsuit, the Princes Town couple claimed that Massiah was born at the hospital in March 2006 and developed the mental disability due to negligence by doctors and staff in delivering him, as when he was born the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck.

Evans was visually impaired, unable to swallow, talk, or even walk. Seeking expert medical care for her son, the couple migrated to the United Kingdom shortly after his birth. His condition reportedly improved and he returned to Trinidad in 2009 for a vacation with his parents.

While the the toddler was here, however, he developed a respiratory tract infection and was taken to the same hospital he was born at for treatment. He subsequently.

His parents later sued the hospital for negligence as they claimed that his death was caused by the negligence of staff at the institution.

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EVANS MASSIAH 
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JUSTICE CAROL GOBIN 

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