Mom seeks help for specialist treatment for infant

Baby Mya Marshall. (Photo by Tameika Malone)

Baby Mya Marshall. (Photo by Tameika Malone)

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – A Donovan’s mother is scampering to find the money to get her one-month-old baby girl to Barbados after the child sustained nerve damage during her birth at Mount St John’s Medical Centre (MSJMC) on New Year’s Day.

Doctors at MSJMC and a private paediatrician have diagnosed Baby Mya Marshall with Erb’s Palsy, but the treatment suggested differs. Erb’s Palsy is an injury to the nerves surrounding the shoulders during birth.

The injury has rendered the infant’s right arm with very limited mobility. She is unable to maintain a tight grasp and her mother, Royan Chiddick, told OBSERVER media moving the child often elicits agonising screams from the child.

The hospital documents indicate that the baby needs physiotherapy that could go on for months, while Dr Edda Hadeed has said that the hand should not be moved, as further damage of the nerves could result.

Chiddick told OBSERVER the vaginal delivery of the baby, who weighed 10 pounds-eight-and-a-half ounces at birth, was extremely challenging.

The baby has since been referred to Barbadian specialist Dr Sean Marquez. Now the race is on as the advice is that the child should get treatment within the next six weeks, before the baby becomes three months old.

Last week, during the 2014 Budget debate, Member of Parliament for St John’s City South Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin made an appeal for government’s assistance for the mother or five.

Chiddick said she is in the process of canvassing the Ministry of Health for financial assistance.

(More in today’s Daily OBSERVER)

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8 thoughts on “Mom seeks help for specialist treatment for infant

  1. so u mean to tell me that these doctors dont know once a baby is that size that a c-section has to be taken place??? the doctors need suing!!!

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  2. The hospital is responsible for this child ailments. Imaging a 10Ib plus baby being birth amd the doctors couldn’t tell before that there will be complication. OK THE DAMAGE HAS BEEN DONE . The hospital is responsible in getting this precious baby all the necessary medical needs . Somebody need to get sue big time. PLEASE HELP THE BABY

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    • these doctors don’t know d word c-section,dam how could they make that women force out such a big baby, they really need to be sued. if they were here in America they would be sued.

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  3. Just like the captain is responsible for the ship’s safety, the cabinet is responsible to the parliament, so it is the government is responsible for the nation’s health. It should not be that we do something in expectation of a reward, or even out of love or compassion. It should be done dispassionately because it is simply the right thing to do. The wrath of God will come to those who, whether by law or authority, is entrusted to look after the needs of the nation and doeth it not.

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  4. wen my son was born the hospital and the government work fast to get an specialist from Barbados to come operate and also fly him to Trinidad quickly i must say tank u also to the mother of this baby just need to keep praying tings will work out it may not work out over nite but it will god is good and he is in control u need to also go and talk to d chief medical officer and see wat she says get an appointment no matter how the push u around keep calling keeep going this is for ur child put ur pride away

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  5. I just do not understand this, why should this mother be out there seeking help
    when the damage was done at birth at MSJMC. Come on MBS, that is what you are
    there for, to help those in deed, like this baby. Please don’t wait till its too late.
    Those in authority, PLEASE do what you have to do.

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  6. I can’t understand why this lady has to be looking for help and an M.P is pleading for funds when we just heard last week tha MBS has such large reserves. Situations like these are when those monies should be put to use. There seems to be too many of these stories where people can’t get assistance while the well connected get thousands of dollars with no difficulty. This is a baby. They need to stop pussy footing and give the lady the required help.

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