CHR pursues probe on death of mother after childbirth

February 4, 2015 5:37 am 

DUMAGUETE CITY, Feb. 3 -– The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) in Negros Oriental is set to summon a number of people soon as part of an ongoing investigation into the circumstances leading to the death of a woman from Manjuyod town immediately after childbirth.

These would include a doctor from the provincial hospital, Manjuyod Mayor Felix Sy, as well as another midwife from that town who had also administered to the dying patient, the CHR local chief said.

CHR-Negros Oriental special investigator Jess Cañete disclosed Monday he is awaiting the affidavit of Dr. Crystal Anne Centeno of the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital (NOPH) in Dumaguete City to give and explain the medical abstract on the demised patient in what appears to be a “forceful delivery” of her baby.

Also, the CHR provincial chief will take on Wednesday the affidavit of Maritess Cabugnason, a midwife assigned at the lying-in clinic in Manjuyod, to further corroborate early statements given by the complainant, Nishel Geroquia, sister of the deceased mother, Nerissa Cordova.

Cañete said the investigation slowed down because of the long holiday break as well as other pressing matters at work but he assured that his office will exhaust all means to get to the bottom of the circumstances that led to the untimely death of the woman.

To recall, Nishel Geroquia, married, of legal age and a resident of Alangilanan in Manjuyod town, had sought the help of the CHR in early December to “seek justice” for the death of her sister, Nerissa Cordova.

Early investigation by the CHR chief showed that Cordova gave birth on November 20 at the lying-in clinic in Manjuyod town. Her baby survived but she died at a hospital in Dumaguete.

A midwife, who Geroquia identified as Ludy Abordo, had attended to Cordova up until the time she had given birth and then left.

A second midwife, Maritess Cabugnason, then took over and it was her who discovered that Cordova was already “under stress” and her vital signs were dropping.

Cabugnason, accompanied by Geroquia, met Cañete in Dumaguete Sunday and told reporters she was willing to testify.

Initially, Cabugnason recounted that when she took over Abordo’s duties, she already found disturbing signs that prompted her to refer the patient to the NOPH in Dumaguete.

At the NOPH, doctors worked to save the woman but she died later at the said hospital.

The death certificate showed the causes of death as multi-organ failure, uterine inversion and hypotensive shock, according to Cañete.

Cabugnason, fighting back tears when interviewed Sunday, disclosed that she had accompanied Cordova, who was brought in the town’s ambulance, to the NOPH and upon arrival, one of the doctors who attended to the patient shouted about an “inverted uterus”.

The doctors even attempted to put back in place the uterus, she added.

Meanwhile, Cañete explained he will be sending a subpoena to Mayor Sy to explain his side with regard the death of Cordova.

According to Cañete, initial investigation showed that the mayor, a medical doctor by profession, had allegedly declined to see the patient when his help was sought.

The mayor could not be reached for comment on Tuesday, but a woman who introduced herself as an RHN (rural health nurse) on the phone whose number is assigned to the mayor, told this reporter that it would be better if Dr. Sy be interviewed personally in Manjuyod, about two hours’ drive north of this capital.

The woman, who did not disclose her name, said the mayor was “away”. (PNA)



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