Director of the South West Regional Health Authority, Albert Persaud, says an investigation has been launched into the circumstances that led to the death of a 26-year-old woman just days after giving birth.
It’s reported that Maquader Martin died on the floor near the bathroom area of the maternity ward of the San Fernando General Hospital, three days after giving birth to her first child.
An autopsy revealed that she died from a pulmonary embolism.
However, the Trinidad Guardian reports that Martin’s common-law husband, Davis Nedd, believes her death was due to negligence on the part of medical personnel.
According to the Guardian, a visitor and a patient, who were both on the ward when Martin died, confirmed that she dragged herself to the bathroom after she was refused a bedpan.
They also claimed that after she collapsed, she was left there for a long time before being attended to.
The common-law husband says he is trying to have a second autopsy done and has also sought legal advice.