Death of mother, newborn: Anthony pledges action against nurses, doctors


An investigation into the tragic deaths of 31-year-old Vanessa Lewis-Sahadeo and her newborn baby girl has been completed and the Minister of Health, Dr Frank Anthony, has assured that action will be taken against the nurses and doctors.

The Minister was speaking during his 2021 budget presentation in the National Assembly on Monday morning. According to Dr Anthony, it was unfortunate that the young mother and her newborn died and the Health Ministry is now awaiting recommendations from the investigation on the way forward.

Lewis-Sahadeo, from Williamsburg on the Corentyne Coast, was admitted to the Maternity Ward of the New Amsterdam Hospital on Monday last; four days later she gave birth and subsequently underwent emergency surgery.

She was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital following complications at the New Amsterdam Hospital and subsequently died on Friday.

The News Room understands that the young mother, who had three other children, first visited the Port Mourant Hospital after experiencing abdominal pains, but was transferred to the New Amsterdam Hospital since her blood pressure and blood count were low.

She was admitted to the New Amsterdam Hospital and remained there until she was ready to give birth on Friday

Relatives remain in shock and despair. Lewis-Sahadeo was a mother of three children – ages 11, 9 and 6.

Relatives are puzzled as to what may have happened since the mother of three did not suffer from any illness prior to being pregnant; they said she was very active and strong.


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