Three mothers got surprise Christmas presents at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex yesterday when they delivered their sons days before they were due.
Jenise Guerra was the first to give birth at 1.04 am to a 7.1-pound boy. Guerra, who lives in Arima, said she was caught off guard by labour pains on Christmas eve as she was due to give birth to her fourth child on Saturday. She has two other sons and one daughter.
The baby came seven days late but when she finally arrived on Christmas morning, her mother Candice Baptiste decided to call her Melody.
Baby Melody was one of four babies born on Christmas Day at the San Fernando General Hospital.
In an interview, Baptiste said her labour lasted for two days so when she finally brought Melody safely out, she was ecstatic.
“I came in on Sunday night because the baby was supposed to be here a week ago. I feel relieved that she is OK and I look forward to going home,” Baptiste said.
Weeping for his brain-damaged son Riley, who was taken from his mother’s womb by doctors forceps during an arduous delivery, Randy Jaglal yesterday called for Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh’s intervention, saying babies were at risk in the old San Fernando General hospital.
Police are investigating the discovery of two babies whose dead bodies were in a cardboard box at the Forres Park Landfill.
The twin babies, who are believed to have been six months old when they died, were found by workers at the landfill early this morning.
In August, a newborn baby girl was found dead at the Beetham Landfill.
She was found to have been murdered.
Investigations are continuing.
At least two babies were born in Trinidad and Tobago to mothers suffering with the Zika virus, health authorities said on Friday.
Medical Chief of Staff Dr. Karen Sohan said the babies were born at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital and that so far they have shown no complications.
Sohan says the two babies were born last week and in March.
Trinidad and Tobago has so far recorded 215 cases of Zika.
The paternal grandmother of sextuplets born to Petra Lee Foon and Kieron Cummings, in 2013 is making a desperate plea for more to be done to save lives of newborn babies at the nation's hospitals.
Three of babies born to that couple had died soon after birth and now Patronella Philip-Cummings, the mother of Keiron Cummings is asking, how many more must die before the health sector improves.
The following is Patronella Philip-Cummings' full statement: