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The South West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA) is investigating an apparent breach of patient confidentiality after photos of a woman who was allegedly chopped by her 15-year-old son were posted on social media.
Graphic photos of the woman’s injuries, including a severed hand and gaping wounds to her head, face and shoulder, were being widely circulated on Facebook and WhatsApp throughout the weekend. They appeared to show a badly injured woman on a hospital bed or stretcher.
In a statement, the SWRHA said it was concerned that pictures were being circulated of the woman, who is warded at the San Fernando General Hospital.
“The SWRHA is guided by the Patient Charter of Rights and Obligations and recognises our first and foremost duty is to our patients. This includes protecting patients’ privacy and guaranteeing the confidentiality of our medical care.
“The SWRHA has since launched an investigation in order to ascertain the details surrounding the release of these images and will treat with the matter appropriately,” the statement said.
Concern was also expressed about another photo posted on social media connected to the incident. Yesterday, the Children’s Authority appealed to the public to refrain from “sharing via social media and other platforms, the identity of a child, who was released without charges for allegedly chopping his mother.”
The agency said: “As an advocate for the rights of all children, the Authority’s overall objective is to provide care and protection for children regardless of their circumstances.
“The Authority notes that in recent times the identities of children, who come to its attention, have been shared via social media. However, these actions can create further trauma to the children and their families involved, thereby making rehabilitation difficult.
“As a result, the Authority is calling on the public to remove all images of the child and his family from their social media accounts.”
Doctors were able to reattach the woman’s hand after ten hours of surgery, but she remains warded.
She was allegedly attacked and chopped on April 19 after she took away her son’s cellphone and scolded him about his school work.
After a week in police custody, the teenager, a student at a prestigious secondary school in Chaguanas, was released because of lack of evidence. His mother has not given the police a statement and is unwilling to press charges.
The Children’s Authority has offered counselling to the teenager, but National Security Minister Edmund Dillon said in Parliament on Friday that the family is not ready to talk to anyone.
Investigations into the incident are continuing.
T&T's Soca Princesses pulled off a hard-fought 3-1 victory over Guyana in the final game of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Women's Challenge Series at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, last night.
The Guyanese who drew their first two matches against Grenada 0-0, and Suriname 2-2, sought to solidify its defence in the opening moments, but it worked until Aaliyah Prince weaved her way past two defenders from on top of the area and the ball rolled invitingly for Shenieka Paul to fire past goalkeeper Aneesa O'Brien in the 12th minute.
T&T, playing its best game of the tournament, kept ball possession for long periods, but struggled to get past a defence made steady by an increase in numbers. Coach Jamaal Shabazz decision to push defender Liana Hinds and Karyn Forbes into more attacking positions did create the chances, which saw Shanelle Arjoon twice striking the crossbar and Forbes' long-range attempt also crashing off the bar earlier.
Later Arjoon, exchanging passes with Prince in a neat build-up ended with Arjoon shooting wide of the post before the half-time interval which the host took a slim 1-0 advantage into the dressing room.
After the break, the Guyanese got the equalizer when Naomi Guerra handled the ball in the area from Jinelle Cato's pass in the 63rd minute and Mariam El Masri beat goalkeeper Nicolette Craig with the spot-kick.
But T&T regained the lead and control of the contest when Cato stormed down the right flank and her shot slipped through the grasp of O'Brien in the 75th minute and Forbes was on spot to fire into an empty net.
Moments later, Prince missed out on a golden opportunity to push her team further ahead when Kedie Johnson pick her out with a left side cross, but the pint-size striker failed to convert.
Guyana problems deepened when the team was reduced to 10 players after El Masri was sent off for her second bookable offence in the 85th minute.
The host wasted no time and capitalised on its strength in numbers when Cato long-range shot from the right side again went through the hands of the goalkeeper and into the goal for a comfortable 3-1 win in the end.
T&T was later adjudged winner of the tournament after winning all three matches which included (Suriname 7-0; Grenada 8-1), while Suriname finished second, Guyana third and Grenada fourth.
In the first match of the night's double-header programme, Suriname got the better of Grenada in a high-scoring affair that ended 6-5.
T&T's Forbes and Arjoon finished as joint top-scores with four goals each.
T&T TEAM v GUYANA
Jenelle Cunningham, Jinelle Cato, Patrice Superville, Tash St Louis, Shenelle Arjoon, Shenieka Paul. Karyn Forbes, Liana Hinds, Naomi Guerra, Aaliyah Prince, Nicolette Craig.
Central Sports are the new T20 kings of T&T after they won the 2018 edition of the T&T Cricket Board Premiership Division title at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba on Saturday night.
At around 9 pm, the facial expression of Central Sports owner Richard Ramkissoon showed a defeated manager as things were not going his team's way.
However, an hour and ten minutes later, he was running onto the field to embrace two of his senior players who had brought his team back from the brink of defeat against Queen’s Park second team.
Chasing 135 runs for victory, Central Sports were staring down the barrel of a gun at 31 for five when the experienced pair of Shazan Babwah and Kyle Mayers came together.
QPCC II opening bowlers Philton Williams and Sherwin Peters were excellent on the night with an effective spell of swing bowling which left Central Sports looking like 50 runs were beyond its reach.
However, one could never discount experience and for Central Sports Babwah and Mayers decided to conduct a batting session. They started slowly but with overs running away, Babwah launched an attack that the Parkites just had no answer for.
Meanwhile, Barbadian Mayers was playing back-up and keeping things solid at his end ticking over the scoreboard with singles. After a while, the Barbadian then got into his own and while he was on fire Babwah rotated the strike to great effect picking up the ones and twos, while reducing the team's deficit. Their batting show continued until the winning run was scored.
Mayers finished with an unbeaten 52 off 35 balls with four fours and three sixes, while Babwah contributed 38 runs off 37 balls with one four and two sixes. Williams ended with two wickets for 28 runs and Peters two for 19.
Earlier, QPCC II openers Nicholas Alexis and Joshua DaSilva combined at the top to put on a half-century opening stand. They laid a platform of 64 runs, however, it took all off 11 overs, and this put pressure on the rest of the batsmen to score quickly.
DaSilva made 32 off 30 balls, while Alexis top-scored with 44 runs of 45 balls with three fours and two sixes. However, Queen’s Park did not get the finish they wanted although Joshua Ramdoo 10-ball knock produced 21 runs which comprised one four and two sixes. Bowling for Central Sports Alex Antoine was excellent, he took three wickets for 13 runs.
Central Sports vs QPCC II T20 Final
QPCC II innings
N Alexis c Vincent b Antoine*44
J DaSilva c Vincent b Antoine*32
J Augustus c Mayers b Magram*5
K Kallicharan not out*8
J Bootan c Mayers b Antoine*15
J Ramdoo not out*21
Total for 4 wkts*134
Fall of wkts: 64,81, 102, 113
Bowling: K Mayers 4-0-29-0, S Babwah 4-0-26-0, C Vincent 2-0-19-0, Al Small 2-0-17-0, K Magram 4-0-25-1, A Antoine 4-0-14-3.
Central Sports innings
K Ottley c DaSilva b Peters*10
K Pooran lbw Peters*8
A Alfred c Alexis b Peters*0
K Lesporis c Seupaul b Deonarine*6
J Goolie c DaSilva b Williams*5
S Babwah not out*38
K Mayers not out*52
Total for 5 wkts(20)*133
Fall of wkts: 13, 20, 20, 30 35.
Bowling: S Peters 3-0-19-2, P Williams 4-0-25-2, D Deonarine 4-0-27-1, N Seupaul 3-0-28-0, K Kallicharan 1-0-10-0, M Barclay 3-0-18-0.
Result: Central Sports won by 5 wkts to take title.