A highly-placed source at Victoria Hospital has confirmed that female prisoner Donalyn Lesmond, who has been hospitalised for the past two days, is suffering from endometrial hyperplasia – a condition unrelated to pregnancy complications.
This news comes as rumours spread that Lesmond, who is on remand at Bordelais Correctional Facility for killing her husband, a police officer, is pregnant and was hospitalised from complications related to a miscarriage.
The source said this is far from the truth, adding that Donalyn was initially brought to the Emergency Room about two days ago but has since been admitted on the ward.
Rumours that Donalyn was pregnant and had a miscarriage was also discussed on several popular radio talk shows with callers questioning the integrity of the prison officials. Female inmates are segregated from male inmates.
“Endometrial hyperplasia is the abnormal thickening of the lining of the uterus due to an increase in the number of endometrial glands. This disorder most often affects young women who are just beginning to menstruate and older women approaching menopause. In most cases endometrial hyperplasia is not a serious health risk,” the source explained, citing several sources on the Web.
“An overproduction of estrogen causes endometrial hyperplasia in young women. Unopposed estrogen replacement therapy (taking estrogen without progesterone) in postmenopausal women is associated with a higher incidence of endometrial hyperplasia. Young women who have just begun to menstruate, and women who have (or who have had) irregular menstrual cycles, are at greater risk for endometrial hyperplasia.
Symptoms of endometrial hyperplasia: Vaginal bleeding between menstrual periods or after menopause, heavy menstrual bleeding, periods that last longer than usual, pain during sexual intercourse, amenorrhea (absence of menstrual periods), and anovulatory periods (menstrual cycles without ovulation).
Donalyn is accused of shooting police officer Lucas Lesmond on Sept. 2, 2012 at about 5 a.m.
Lucas was shot in the face with his occupational firearm at the couple’s La Toc, Castries apartment.
Neighbours told reporters after the incident that they had witnessed fights and quarrels between the couple.
Donalyn has been on remand ever since. She recently participated in a calypso competition at the prison – an event criticised by relatives of Lucas.