The University of the West Indies issued a statement yesterday defending the doctor who performed the C-section which led to the death of a baby boy at the Mt Hope Maternity Hospital on Carnival Saturday, insisting that proper operating procedures were followed and the doctor was not only properly qualified to conduct the surgery but also did not need the assistance of the consultants.
It also defended the absence of two of its consultants who are attached to the North Central Regional Health Authority (NCRHA).
UWI stated that the doctor, a specialist registrar, was an experienced surgeon who performed over 100 successful C-sections at the Mt Hope Maternity Hospital, including those for high risk pregnancies.
The release also stated that according to standard practice under the Trinidad and Tobago system, on-call consultants are not required to be present during a c-section surgery unless there is a special need for them to be present.
UWI also noted that the on-call consultant was available but was not requested to be present during the operation and the other consultant was on pre-approved leave which the NCRHA was aware of.
UWI said it was saddened by the child’s death and offered condolences to the family.