FAMILY FILE COMPLAINT FOLLOWING BABY DEATH
Kevin Reardon / 2012-08-08 19:02:09
Following the loss of their unborn baby, a family of Bolivian origin has filed a complaint against the 061 emergency service for alleged negligence after a woman, who was eight months pregnant, hit her head after fainting in her bath. They say that the attendants failed to achieve the level of care required by the lady and her baby following the incident.
The woman's husband, Freddy, explained to the local press how events unfolded. "My wife Sara was in pain and while she was in the bath she fainted and hit her head on the side. I told my brother to help and call an ambulance. Three paramedics arrived and began to examine my wife. Although she was almost unconscious they said that it was normal in pregnancy.
Depending on the version of events that you listen to the medical attendants allegedly diagnosed a nervous complaint that did not require transfer to the hospital and they left her in the care of her family. However, shortly afterwards the woman fainted for a second time so once again the husband called the emergency services asking that his wife be transferred to the hospital.
The emergency services are alleged to have ignored this second requests saying that although the woman was complaining of fainting and back pain it was just a reaction to her pregnancy. She then suffered a third fainting fit, convulsions and vomiting and was immediately taken to Torrecárdenas hospital by the brother in his own car
On arrival at Torrecárdenas Hospital, Sara was said to be "almost unconscious.” Doctors immediately attended to her transferring her to the operating theatre where she underwent exploratory surgery during which she lost her unborn baby.
"The family is devastated. My wife is crying all day. We had the pram, the crib ... everything for the baby's arrival which was due on August 20, " said Freddie sadly.
The Bolivian community in Almeria held a minute's silence in the Amphitheatre of La Rambla last week at which they are said to have reprimanded the medical team. A mass was held for the baby last Monday night following which the baby was buried locally.
Health Officials confirmed the existence of a claim and a legal complaint which they say was received on August 4. However, they chose not to make any statement because the matter is already in court but they did stress that they are fully cooperating in the investigation and will provide the court with all information and data required.