Dead: Sunita VandykeSunita Vandyke, the mother of six who recently lost her eye weeks after giving birth at the Suddie Hospital in Region 2, has died.She died on Friday at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC), two days after being referred there from the Leonora Hospital in Region 3 because of the severity of her condition.Vandyke’s family members are alleging that the GPHC had done nothing to save her. Her mother-in-law, Phyllis Carter, told Guyana Times on Sunday that after Vandyke had been admitted to the GPHC on Wednesday, she had received no treatment at the hospital.“She was left to die there. They never looked in her direction. Other patients in the ward told us that the doctors never even checked on her. They plugged needles in her head, strapped her down to the bed, and left her to die. She was treated like an animal, and no one is telling us anything; no explanation, no cause of death or anything,” Carter said.Carter is calling on the authorities to investigate this matter, which had caused her young, healthy daughter-in-law to deteriorate in health until her demise over the course of a few weeks.“This is a clear picture of how the public health systems work. They had no care, no interest in her condition. They feel that because it’s free, people begging them for a service. They are being paid to do their job!” the distraught woman declared.Vandyke had been admitted at the Suddie Hospital on the Essequibo Coast in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) for several weeks, after doctors at the Georgetown Public Hospital had removed one of her eyes without any proper explanation, although she had never had any medical complication with her eye.Relatives reaching out to Guyana Times on Tuesday last, in calling for a full investigation into the incident, are alleging that Vandyke had been admitted at the Suddie Hospital to give birth, but everything had gone ‘downhill’ after her delivery.Carter told this publication that Vandyke had delivered a healthy baby at the Suddie Hospital some seven weeks ago; but after the birth of the baby, Vandyke had gone home to her Parika residence and had started to complain of feeling unwell. She had been taken to the Parika Health Centre, where the nurses had administered saline. After receiving the saline, she had started complaining of blurred vision.“As soon as she get the saline, and we go home, she started complaining (of having problems) with the eye,” Carter said.She explained that after her daughter-in-law had continued to complain about having blurred vision, she had taken her to the Leonora Cottage Hospital, from where doctors had transferred her to the West Demerara Regional Hospital.However, she had taken Vandyke to the GPHC after the eye problem had worsened and Vandyke’s condition had deteriorated. “We meet GPHC Emergency (Department) with the eye draining inflammation and the nose bleeding, and they said, ‘That’s not an emergency’. And we waited several hours, and were sent away without seeing a doctor.“I even went to the boss upstairs to complain that we were not getting to see a doctor, and still we could [not] get help; we were sent away,” Carter said.The frustrated Carter related that she had then visited the Public Health Ministry to lodge a complaint, and had been directed to the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, and then to the Eye Clinic at GPHC. When they arrived at the clinic, the doctors had quickly admitted Vandyke for surgery to remove the eye.“Just so, they say they gotta take out the eye. GPHC and West Dem (hospitals) sabotage my daughter-in-law! They did nothing to help! They never even checked the eye, and we need answers! This girl never had any eye problem!” Carter contends.Vandyke’s condition had gotten worse, to the point where she had been unable to walk, and had stopped speaking. Since the incident, she had been in and out of hospital, and had been unable to care for her newborn. She had again been taken to the Leonora Cottage Hospital on Monday last, but due to the severity of her condition, had been referred to the GPHC. She died at the GPHC on Friday last.Carter is calling for a full investigation of this matter. She contends that Vandyke’s medical record would show that she had never suffered from any medical or eye condition.Attempts to contact officials from GPHC for a comment proved futile.
Toronto, Aug 1 (PTI) This years Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) will court love of tennis fans all around the world with sports drama “Borg/McEnroe” opening the cinematic extravaganza.The 42nd edition of the fest, which starts from September 7, will showcase one of the most fascinating stories from the sports arena at Roy Thomson Hall.Directed by Janus Metz, the film stars actors Shia LeBeouf as American tennis champ John McEnroe and Sverrir Gudnason as his Swedish counterpart Bjorn Borg.Talking about the film opening the gala, Piers Handling, director-CEO of TIFF said, “Borg/McEnroe has a powerful tension about it that is on par with the electric energy of Toronto on opening night.”The story of this nail-biter match-up changed the sport of tennis forever, and the outstanding performances from LaBeouf and Gudnason will be a spectacular way for festival- goers to kick things off.”While Metz said he was “extremely honoured” by TIFFs gesture for selecting the movie to kick off the event.”It is a great celebration and recognition of everyone in the cast and crew who worked so hard to make this film what it is. We had very high ambitions for this project and have come such a long way together. Im very excited that we can finally let the film out into the world, and I couldnt dream of a better way of doing this.”Apart from the film, which has been penned by Ronnie Sandahl, “Battle Of The Sexes” is the second tennis movie that will be presented at the festival.advertisementIt stars actors Steve Carrell and Emma Stone.TIFF runs through September 17 this year. PTI RDS BK
Tamara PimentelAPTN NewsThe Blood Tribe in Alberta has been hit with a spike in overdoses in the less than a week that has put a heavy strain on its emergency services.“We had a total of 21 overdoses on the reserve that were documented in the last 5 days,” said Dr. Susan Christenson of the Blood Tribe department of health.That’s compared to the usual five to 10 overdoses a month she said.Christenson believes the increase has to do with the recent crisis in Lethbridge where carfentanil has hit the streets. There have been over 50 overdoses there in the past week.She thinks it’s made its way to the reserve and it’s much more potent than the regular, yet deadly, fentanyl.Christenson said fentanyl overdose can usually be turned around, if caught in time, with one of two vials of naloxone.Carfentanil overdoses require six or seven.“Emergency Medical Services came to me to get what naloxone kits I had left because they had completely depleted their supply,” she said.Robin Calfrobe used to struggle with addictions but turned to Christenson for help. She wants to see more youth do the same.“It’s time to quit,” said Calfrobe. “It’s time to change and I hope our people, the tribal council, is going to do their best to put a stop to this.”email@example.com