CARIBBEAN: Trini mother and newborn baby dies, Swine Flu suspected

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CARIBBEAN: Trini mother and newborn baby dies, Swine Flu suspected
Photo credit: Trinidad Express
Photo credit: Trinidad Express
Photo credit: Trinidad Express

TRINIDAD EXPRESS – THE Ministry of Health is awaiting the result of an autopsy on the body of Stacy Ramkissoon, to confirm that she died from the H1N1 (swine flu) virus. If confirmed, it will be the fourth known swine flu death in Trinidad and Tobago.

Ramkissoon, 28, was admitted to hospital two weeks ago for what was believed to be pregnancy-related pains.

A day after she was admitted, her baby died after being delivered by Caesarean section, and Ramkissoon was kept in the intensive care unit. Her family was told she had contracted swine flu. She died on Saturday.

On Monday, the Health Ministry expressed condolences to the Ramkissoon family.

“ While preliminary reports have linked Ms. Ramkissoon’s death to the H1N1 Virus, it should be noted that her pregnancy placed her within the high risk category of those who may develop complications from the Influenza Virus. Therefore, while we note the concern and need for timely information, the Ministry is awaiting, and must be guided by, the final results of the autopsy”.

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