Hurst: Keoma’s claim is because ‘She can’t have any more children’

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“The only reason, 15 years later, that she’s making this claim is because… she can’t have anymore children.”

This was the conclusion of a audibly upset government spokesman, Lionel “Max” Hurst as to why Guyanese national, Keoma Hamer, has been making allegations of abduction and human trafficking of her twin baby daughters, 15 years now removed from her admittance to the Holberton Hospital.

Last week Friday, the Government of Antigua and Barbuda (GOAB), through a media statement, denounced claims made by Hamer stating the, “investigative expertise of law enforcement is being deployed to determine if there could be any evidence to support her claim, which is debunked by the evidence presented thus far.”

“That woman has made a claim against nurses and decent people in Antigua and Barbuda who, she says, committed a crime and they did not commit a crime,” said Hurst.

The spokesman pointed to the results of a recently-conducted DNA test that he said showed, “definitely that she is the daughter of these two people [Ester Amos and O’Neil Burley].”

Hurst also made reference to a 2004 report by attending physician Dr. Joseph John which concluded that Hamer had a “spontaneous abortion”. This, Hurst said, means that the children Hamer carried for 28 weeks, “were not birthed.”

“She was so sick, she suffered from sepsis… her feces was bleeding into her bloodstream. You cannot deliver healthy children when such a thing is happening to you,” he added.

The government’s statement referred to Hamer as “a person unknown to Antigua and Barbuda”.

This reference did not sit well with the president of the Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID), Rickford Burke, who classed it as a “dehumanization of someone experiencing trauma”.

Hurst said, however, “she is unknown, a completely unknown person. That is a statement of fact. That is not judgement.”

He continued that, “you think that [the government] is going to stand idly by and let Burke and that lady from St Martin say ugly things about Antigua and about those two innocent women at the hospital… and don’t say anything at all? What are we? Stupid?”

In June this year, Hamer’s abduction allegations went viral after she called on the authorities of Antigua and Barbuda to investigate what happened on September 7, 2004 when she allegedly delivered her babies on the Gwynneth O’Reilly Ward of the old Holberton Hospital.

“We are going to defend against scurrilous attacks by people like this woman in St Martin whose life we saved and who’s now repaying us by making some of the ugliest claims you can find. This thing is all over the world!,” the government spokesman exclaimed.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. This whole article seems so bias and poorly put together. Did Keoma said that this is because she cannot have any more children? If Keoma had a spontaneous abortion (which seems impossible after 20 weeks) then where is the death certificate? By stating that Keoma is unknown may have been a fact but it is a jab and unprofessional. Also, how is there a doctor’s report when there have been claims that stated Keoma was not admitted? We need answers. What do you mean repaying you as if she owes the country anything? So, in other words, she should just be grateful that her life was saved and not give two hootling about what happened to the children (bodies or whereabouts)? This article is just a disgrace.

  2. Lie-no–hell, having represented Antigua and Barbuda as the ambassador to the United States of America and Antigua and Barbuda current spokesman, your comments and degradation of the traumatized young woman, belittles us much more than you claim she has and speaks loudly of your caliber and the party you represent, them having uphold and encouraged your consistent behavior .

  3. Can you imagine such a character as Lie-no-hell representing Antigua and Barbuda as the ambassador to the United States of America for fifteen years ? You may take a pig of a pen at any given moment, but, you can never take the pen out the pig. What a gutter rat !

  4. Lie-no-hell speaks loudly and the good book says ‘ As a man thinketh, so is he”. Why don’t we raise funds enough to buy him a one-way ticket to his favored place, the Green Zone in Iraq ?

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