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Posted by Trini Kid - - 10 comments

Sup Travellers?! I'm a little bit late on this one because this was reported since yesterday but HEY.....Better late than never. A report from the Trinidad Express yesterday clearly showed how incompetent crappy  the Trinidad and Tobago health care system can be sometimes. It's a report about a 4 year old girl who died after squeezing her thumb because the doctors treated the thumb badly. I'm not a doctor but a swollen thumb isn't supposed to be fatal. Am I right? Let's hope that the money budgeted for health can alleviate some of the problems in the health care system. I can tell you how much money the government budgeted for health this year but i'm feeling too lazy to research it [I'm kidding. The government budgeted $5 billion dollars this year for health].

Okay, here's what happened to 4 year old Natasha Sahadeo. On September 3rd she squeezed her right thumb on a gate while playing [A very normal occurrence]. Natasha's family carried her daughter to the St. Helena Health Centre. Natasha's father said that the doctors drained and dressed her thumb gave a prescription for antibiotics and sent the family home instructing them to return in five days. The family returned five days later and the doctors told them that the thumb got even worse. It had gotten black and blue so the doctors instructed them to go to Mt. Hope Children's hospital for an X-Ray then come back.


The family did as the doctors instructed. They warded the girl at the hospital and took blood every morning and evening, according to the father of the little girl. He also said that they were giving his child all kinds of medicine [I'm not a doctor but taking that much blood out of a 4 year old could never be healthy]. The doctors then said that her thumb had to be amputated [Well that escalated quickly]. After their prepped her for surgery, Mr. Michael Sahadeo, Natasha's father, said that his daughter started vomiting green and passing out green. “They say her liver growing faster than how it supposed to be, her lungs failing, her kidney failing, but my child went in there healthy. When she was in the ward we sleep non-stop in there, in the waiting room, day and night we in the hospital,” Michael Sahadeo said.

The family signed the papers for Natasha's surgery. After the surgery, things just got even worse. They had a "straw" in her mouth for her to breathe and a next one inside her belly to pull out fluids. Michael Sahadeo claims that they gave her daughter steroids against their wishes.  “We tell them don’t give her any steroids. If you see the child body, the body real swell up big, she whole face, hand. My child went in there normal, eating, talking normal and healthy,” he said. “After they do the surgery they say they have to go and cut she again, something inside she,” he added.

Michael recalled the moment that the doctors told him that his daughter was dead: “By the time I see them come, not one of them come, eight of them come. They start to use big words and say I have to sign a next paper. Whole night we was there, they say my child get heart failure and we right there and they never call us. We right outside the door. Them doctors in Mt Hope killing people children,” he said. He said he was shocked to see his daughter’s dead body which was swollen, her lips and tongue had turned blue. The hospital’s autopsy stated that Natasha died from multiple organ failure and acute respiratory syndrome [All that from a swollen thumb].

I don't want to keep you reading too much longer but let me tell you a little something about Michael Sahadeo, the father of the dead girl. He was an ex.convict that was convicted for murder on two occasions. When he was released from jail he made a conscious decision to turn his life around especially after the birth of his daughter, Natasha [I applaud him for that]. On August 14th, the family's house in Kelly village was unfortunately burnt to the ground [He didn't let that hinder him from change too much]. No one in the family died in the fire. However, a couple weeks after the tragic fire, Michael Sahadeo lost his daughter. Can you imagine how he's feeling right now? Put yourself in his shoes, what would you do? My condolences to the family. RIP Natasha. My name is Trinikid and you've just been informed. 

10 Responses so far.

  1. Kerron says:

    I don't understand what the fathers post conviction status has to do with this article.

  2. Anonymous says:

    .An investigation and interviews should be conducted with the doctors and health staff before reaching this assumption that they were negligent. We know that negligence occurs often at our hospitals. Rrom the information given it may seem that due to the invasive procedure to drain the thumb, she got a bacterial infection which led to septicaemia which can lead to multiple organ failure. I am in no way taking sides but i believe you should look at the entire situation and do your own research. Is anyone asking her parents if they attended to the wound on a daily basis? Was she given her medication on time? Did the parents not notice the wound becoming dicoloured? if they did, why didnt they take her back to the hospital immediately? There are a lot of unanswered questions people need to think about before jumping on a bandwagon. Its very heartbreaking that they lost their little girl and i hope they take the right steps in finding out what truly happened to their daughter.

  3. Anonymous says:

    i dont really like to comment on these things but do u no if de child was taken to de hospital right away because if her finger had to be drained that means that it was infected already an de draining that was done wud to done to take out pus an any other infectious fluids an de antibiotics dat where given to her should have helped ppl in dis country need to stop blaming other for wat happen in there homes if the parents of this lil girl took proper care of her hand she wud have been alive doctors cant do everything de parents should also take responsibility for wat happened to this child

  4. Anonymous says:

    Could there have been parental neglect between September 3rd- 9th? Were the parents supposed to monitor the wound and redress it every day or so? Could this neglect had lead to septicemia? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sepsis
    Could the child had had some sort of underlying medical disorder that would have caused complications? The report leaves many questions unanswered, but as usual the "talk nah" people, already did their investigations and blaming the doctors.

  5. Anonymous says:

    HMM!IT REALLY SAD INDEED THIS WHOLE SITUATION AND EVEN MORE DISTURBING WHEN HEARTLESS PPL LIKE MR.KERRON COULD MAKE SUCH CALLOUS STATEMENTS ABOUT THE CHILD'S FATHER.......EVEN TO THE ANONYMOUS COMMENTS WHO TRYING TO SOUND OBJECTIVE AND SOUNDS SO BIAS TRYING TO MAKE THE FAMILY SEEM NEGLIGENT EITHER WHICH WAY AS CITIZENS WE RELY ON THE HEALTH SECTOR TO HELP NOT TO KILL.....U PUT YRSELF IN DAT MAN SHOES.....U MIGHT HAVE MONEY TO GO PRIVATE BUT HE CARRIED HIS CHILD IN THERE 4 ONE THING SIMPLE THING AND NOW THE CHILD IS DEAD.........NOW TELL ME IS IT MERE COINCIDENCE THAT MANY CHILDREN ARE DYING AT MT. HOPE.......COME ON ANONYMOUS GET SERIOUS.....ITS BEST THAT U "DON'T REALLY COMMENT ON THESE MATTERS".

  6. Anonymous says:

    Trying to sound objective and sounding bias? Are you a doctor? a medical student? Yes you do depend on the hospitals and staff to help you but i honestly dont think a doctor trying to help you can cause organ failure in such a short space of time. Please use some common sense when approaching these situations and stop attacking the health sector and claiming negligence for every single case you hear about! This is why there are lawyers and investigations! To get to the bottom of it. I personally will never judge a situation based on a one sided story.

  7. Anonymous says:

    To the person who lacks basic writing competency, capital letters are for the beginning of the sentence and on proper nouns. Where is your proof that many children are dying at Mt Hope? Yet another bandwagonist of the "talk nah" society.

  8. Anonymous says:

    From a parent who has spend an extraordinary amount of time at the Mt. Hope Pediatric Hospital & Emergency Room, I can safely say that it could not be the doctor's fault alone. I agree with the person who asked about the parent's ability and/or care for the child's injury. That being said....the injury sounded more serious, and so the child should have been told to go to a health centre to clean the wound everyday...
    Also if at the first stage of care the would had to be drained.......then infection would have already been there.
    It was an unfortunate situation, but I think it has to do more with the parents taking it for granted that the injury was not very serious and the doctors taking it for granted that the parents could effectively dress the wound every day!!!
    Don't take anything for granted with anyone's health.....

  9. Anonymous says:

    All the comments oh well. Okay some years ago a friends son bounce his toe on the kitchen cup board, they took him to Mt Hope Hospital, the doctors gave him Panadol for the pain and sent him home, two days later the toe got worst, and gave the child gravol because he was vomiting and more Panadol and sent them home, still the child was not feeling well no help from the Hospital, again two days passed the child, died, although the parents kept going back to the Hospital with him. He was not the first to died in this manner and will not be the last, but you know the blame game does not help, because when you go to the hospital if they think it is not a death issue well then you just might die waiting for assistance. Sad but ture.

  10. Anonymous says:

    I am an Emergency Medical Technician, and i have worked in the health system for quite a while. We have to remember children are suseptable to infection very easily, if for instance a child gets a cut, do not wait for it to star getting bad till inflammation is visible, simple things like Hydrogen Peroxide cleans the infected area well. But yes we know Mt Hope is in a mess, especially Maternity. When severe Septicemia sets it children crash faster than adults. Sorry for the parents losses, i do not know what i will do without my son.