Victoria Hospital has launched an investigation into claims of gross neglect by a nineteen year old Mother, who says she gave birth prematurely to a baby girl who died about eight hours later at the health care institution.
“This is most unusual,” a source close to the investigation told the Times about the claims made by nineteen year old Security Guard, Richina Chelsea Matty, who lives in Micoud.
Matty says she was transferred from St Jude Hospital to Victoria on September 25, 2015, as a result of developing complications.
Matty told the Times that she was accompanied by her Mother and a Nurse from St Jude, and was put in a Labor Room at Victoria, but recalled that neither her Mother nor the Nurse were allowed into the room.
She said they arrived at Victoria Hospital at about 9:PM.
“I was left there alone and kept asking for assistance,” the teenager said, adding that she was left to throw up on the floor because of not being given a bed pan.
“I could see the nurses in the hallway going about their own business,” Matty told the Times.
She said she indicated that she wanted to use the bathroom, and when she could not contain herself anymore, wet her bed.
Matty, who disclosed that she was seven months pregnant, said she delivered a baby girl on her own at 1:50 AM on the morning of September 26, 2015.
She said the newborn cried once and a Nurse came, cut the umbilical cord and took the child away.
“I was practically left to clean myself up,” Matty said.
She explained that the baby died right hours after, because her lungs were “premature”.
Matty told the Times that dealing with the trauma and stress of her ordeal had prevented her from coming forward before with her story.
Victoria Hospital has indicated that it is aware of the teenager’s claims of neglect on the part of Nurses, and is looking into the matter.