A HUSBAND who lost his wife and fourth child during birth complications at Nonga General Hospital has filed a complaint with Rabaul police citing criminal negligence by the hospital.
Carol Namur Laraman, 41, of Hoskins, West New Britain Province, and her child died last week at the maternity ward after going into labour for 18 hours.
It is a sad Christmas for husband Tony Namur, who is the Rabaul district events council sports representative, and their three children.
Rabaul police station commander Inspector Gabriel Bandy confirmed that a complaint had been lodged but he was yet to receive a crime report on the circumstances surrounding the deaths.
Mr Namur said he had taken wife Carol, who was experiencing labour pains, to Nonga about 1am on December 18 but they were told to return at daybreak.
As a concerned father, he waited outside the maternity ward until 4am before heading home to prepare a meal for his wife.
Mr Namur said he returned to the hospital together with his teenage daughter and her two friends and waited until around noon when he contacted a hospital staff asking him to check on his wife, adding that he was not allowed to enter the delivery room.
Mr Namur was told that his wife was about to deliver and that she would be giving birth in the next two to three hours.
By 3pm, there was still no news but by 5pm he got word that his wife was having difficulty in breathing.
Then he got the shocking news of the deaths of both mother and child around 7.30pm on Friday, 18 hours after she was dropped off at the hospital.
"I could not believe it," said the depressed father
He said the maternity ward staff gave explanations on why they lost both mother and child but he believed his wife and child died under suspicious circumstances and he asked the hospital for a post-mortem which was done last week witnessed by an independent doctor upon request by the family.
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