ST JOHN’S, Antigua – A Donovan’s mother is scampering to find the money to get her one-month-old baby girl to Barbados after the child sustained nerve damage during her birth at Mount St John’s Medical Centre (MSJMC) on New Year’s Day.
Doctors at MSJMC and a private paediatrician have diagnosed Baby Mya Marshall with Erb’s Palsy, but the treatment suggested differs. Erb’s Palsy is an injury to the nerves surrounding the shoulders during birth.
The injury has rendered the infant’s right arm with very limited mobility. She is unable to maintain a tight grasp and her mother, Royan Chiddick, told OBSERVER media moving the child often elicits agonising screams from the child.
The hospital documents indicate that the baby needs physiotherapy that could go on for months, while Dr Edda Hadeed has said that the hand should not be moved, as further damage of the nerves could result.
Chiddick told OBSERVER the vaginal delivery of the baby, who weighed 10 pounds-eight-and-a-half ounces at birth, was extremely challenging.
The baby has since been referred to Barbadian specialist Dr Sean Marquez. Now the race is on as the advice is that the child should get treatment within the next six weeks, before the baby becomes three months old.
Last week, during the 2014 Budget debate, Member of Parliament for St John’s City South Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin made an appeal for government’s assistance for the mother or five.
Chiddick said she is in the process of canvassing the Ministry of Health for financial assistance.
(More in today’s Daily OBSERVER)