BABY WHO TOOK BEATING IS OUT OF ICU
The mother of a two-year-old girl who suffered a ruptured colon after she was severely beaten last month says she plans to keep a round the clock vigil at her daughter’s bedside to help her heal faster.
She said she is thanking God for bringing her daughter out of a critical condition and putting her on the road to full recovery.
The toddler underwent two lifesaving surgeries at the Wendy Fitzwilliam Paediatric Hospital in Mt Hope after the incident on August 12 and was discharged from the Intensive Care Unit three days ago. However, she remains warded for further treatment and observation.
“I am very happy to see my daughter is recovering well. I was really frightened for her given the critical condition she was in but I am thanking God,” the mother said.
“I will be by her bedside for the next five or seven days or so because I noticed that it is only when I am around that she is moving about, talking little and most importantly resting comfortably.”
The woman said she did not know the full extent of trauma her daughter was experiencing but believed she might be in need of counseling to help her fully recover.
“No one spoke to me about that but I know she is going through her own thing emotionally and mentally. Maybe she needs that level of help too,” she said.
She said preparations were being made for the toddler’s return to her home and denied knowledge of any plans to put the child in the temporary custody of the Children’s Authority.
“No one from there spoke to me about this, not even the police made mention of it so I do not know where that newspaper was getting its information from. I, myself tried to call them (the Children’s Authority) and left messages but no one has called me up to now to either confirm or deny this but this has me very concerned,” she said.
“If this is so, I don’t understand why because the incident did not happen home by me. We treated her lovingly and right now her mama and her sister are waiting anxiously to have her back home with us. She has her own room, her own toys, her own television. She was, is and will be very happy back with us, I know.”
On Tuesday, Roxanne Oliver, 39, a registered nurse, appeared before Port-of-Spain Magistrate Aden Stroude charged with causing grievous bodily harm to the child on August 12. She was granted $100,000 bail and ordered from coming within 100 feet of the victim until the case is determined.
The matter has been adjourned to October 26.