The South-West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA) has launched an investigation into why a young mother was forced to deliver her baby in the toilet at the San Fernando General Hospital on Monday night.
Dr Anand Chattergoon, the hospital's medical director, said he was meeting Dr Krishna Rampersadsingh, head of the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Unit, to discuss the incident this morning.
"I have asked Dr Rampersadsingh to meet this morning to discuss this. We have launched our own investigation into the incident," he said.
The woman claimed nurses ignored her cries for assistance, as she suffered severe labour pains. And although she complained that her baby's head was thrusting down the birth canal, the woman said, nurses responded that she was not ready to give birth.
The woman said she asked to go to the washroom and the nurses consented.
As she sat on the toilet, her baby boy was delivered. The young woman grabbed the baby to prevent him from falling, as her mother called out for help.
Relatives said the woman spent the night in a wheelchair on the corridor, as there were no available beds in the hospital's maternity ward.
Chattergoon confirmed that the maternity ward was crowded on Monday night.
The mother and son were discharged from hospital on Tuesday.
Chattergoon said the top floor of the Chancery Lane Teaching Hospital will be allocated to obstetrics and gynaecology, after it is completed.
Source:express multimedia desk