For the second time in two months a baby has mysteriously disappeared from the Victoria Jubilee Hospital (VJH) in Kingston, Jamaica.
The name of the mother is being withheld pending an investigation and a subsequent report to be placed on the desk of chairman of the South East Regional Health Authority, Lyttleton ‘Tanny’ Shirley.
“I heard some concerns that such a situation took place. I called the chief executive officer, Godfrey Boyd, and asked for an immediate investigation and to give me a report if it is so or not,” Shirley said. “That was on Friday, and I have not had a response from him,” Shirley reportedly told the Gleaner.
Hospital sources report that a major management shake-up is being considered and heads could roll at the senior level.
“These are things you don’t want to happen more than once, and the fact that something similar happened before is just unacceptable,” Shirley is reported as saying.
In April, another baby disappeared from the facility and hospital personnel were unable to inform the distraught mother of her child’s whereabouts.
The mother’s experience was made more excruciating as it was the third time she was losing a child after carrying the babies to near full term.
That baby was reportedly born with a range of medical complications and died shortly afterwards. The baby, delivered prematurely after the mother developed complications, was given a 10 per cent chance of survival by doctors.
Efforts by chatychaty.com to get a comment from VJH proved futile.
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