By: Erasmus Williams
Basseterre, St Kitts, July 15, 2019 – An autopsy is expected to be done today on the body of the baby who died at the J N France General Hospital on Saturday.
Prominent pediatrician and former chief medical officer, Dr Patrick Martin said Monday the autopsy may not be conclusive.
“My research suggests that the exact cause of death will most likely be obtained after in-depth DNA analysis which is not available in the Federation but available elsewhere via highly specialized labs, subject to payment,” when asked for a comment.
Dr Martin said there no medicine to cure jaundice.
“Jaundice is common. Symptoms may show in up to 50% of full term and 80% of pre-term infants,” said Dr Martin, who further pointed out that hospitals in the Federation have scores of cases every year that resolve without complications.
“The case in question was a shock to all. In the circumstances, my colleagues provided the expected management,” said Dr Martin.