Trinidad appoints panel to probe C-section death

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) — Trinidad & Tobago has appointed a fact-finding panel to investigate the death of a newborn who died after being severely injured during a caesarian section.

The baby boy died hours after part of his scalp was sliced during a March 1 delivery at Trinidad's Mount Hope Women's Hospital. Officials say a preliminary autopsy found evidence of a penetrating injury to the newborn's brain.

Surgeon Dr. Javed Chinnia has been suspended pending the outcome of the probe by the three-member panel.

The death has dominated headlines in the twin-island Caribbean country, where there have long been numerous allegations of negligence in the public health care system.

Attorney General Anand Ramlogan says the panel will try to determine what went wrong and give recommendations to improve the quality of obstetrics and gynaecology.

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