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A mother's pain

Shalveen Chand
Thursday, April 10, 2014

THE CWM Hospital is investigating claims by a young mother that she delivered her baby while being forced to walk from the observation room in the maternity ward to the delivery room, allegedly resulting in the newborn falling on the floor and suffering injuries.

CWM's head of maternity Dr James Fong said they were aware of the claims made by Farina Nisha of Nasinu.

"We are gathering statements from all involved in this incident so we can ascertain the facts of the case," said Dr Fong.

"We will be able to comment further once we have done our investigations."

Ms Nisha claimed on March 13 this year, she was experiencing labour pains and was moved to the observation room.

"It was midnight and I was in pain and shouting. They checked me in the observation room and during that time my water broke," Ms Nisha said.

"The two midwives told me to walk. I said I couldn't because I could feel the baby coming but they insisted I walk. I took about three steps when my baby came out and fell to the floor, severing the umbilical cord."

Ms Nisha said the two midwives took the baby and left her on the floor, only to be attended to about 10 minutes later.

She said they were discharged some days later with doctors saying the baby wasn't crying which showed he wasn't hurt.

"But since then he has been vomiting after he feeds. At first I thought some babies do that when they burp," Ms Nisha said.

"During my check-up this week, the doctor at Valelevu told me my baby was sick and needs urgent tests."

The three-week-old baby was admitted this week and, according to Ms Nisha, blood, urine and some other samples have been taken from her child.

"All I want is answers and to know that my baby boy is safe," she said.

Ms Nisha has since written to the Health Ministry, the Attorney-General's Office and even lodged a police complaint.

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