Health authority investigates woman’s death after giving birth

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.