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Hospital begs time to respond to dead baby compensation claim

Published:Friday | December 18, 2015 | 12:34 PM
Nineteen babies died over four months during outbreaks of the klebsiella and serratia bacteria in the Neonatal Intensive Care units of the UHWI and the Cornwall Regional Hospital.

Faced with a lawsuit threat, the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) has begged a mother affected by the dead babies scandal for more time to respond to a letter seeking compensation. 

Malissa Bryan, whose son died amid a bacteria outbreak at the UHWI, says her attorney, Marc Ramsey, has delayed filing a claim in the Supreme Court after the hospital indicated that it will respond by Monday, December 21.

Bryan was set on initiating court action after the hospital failed to respond to a November 3 letter seeking compensation for the death of her baby boy. 

The law firm Myers, Fletcher and Gordon responded on behalf of the hospital on November 6, requesting 21 days to respond but failed to do so. 

Following the publication of a story on the issue, the law firm contacted the mother saying the hospital will respond by Monday, the same day the hospital's board is due to host a press conference.

Bryan is seeking compensation for, among other things, funeral expenses, pain, suffering, mental distress and the cost of ongoing treatment for psychiatric injuries.

Bryan's son was born premature on August 25 and died on October 15, following a bacterial infection.

Nineteen babies died over the four months leading up to October due to the outbreak of klebsiella and serratia in the Neonatal Intensive Care units of the UHWI and the Cornwall Regional Hospital.