SWRHA launches probe into death of COVID patient’s baby

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SWRHA launches probe into death of COVID patient’s baby

The South West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA) has launched a probe into the circumstances surrounding the pregnancy of a Covid-19 patient, who prematurely gave birth to twins and subsequently lost one of the babies at the San Fernando General Hospital.

Head of the SWRHA, Dr Brian Armour, speaking the Ministry of Health’s Covid-19 news conference on Wednesday, said “The pregnant mom did go to Augustus Long Hospital and had to be transferred back to San Fernando General Hospital to have the delivery done, as per the protocol. The two babies were critically ill and one of the twins has unfortunately passed away and we would like to take this opportunity to express condolences to both mother and father and her family at this time.”

Armour said, “For a pregnant mother having covid19, we have to take care of the mother first, so to speak…and therefore, decisions are made in that regard. And thereafter, any issue that relates to the unborn baby or the delivery, then a second clinical decision is made in order to ensure a safe and healthy delivery,”

“The matter is undergoing the customary investigation in collaboration with the Ministry of Health,” Armour added.