Jephthah Ford, the medical doctor hired by Jodian Fearon’s family to observe her post-mortem, said last night that the first-time mom was reportedly found dead on the floor at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI).

“She died a terrible death,” said Ford.

He said the medical records and the post-mortem revealed that Fearon, who would have celebrated her 24th birthday on Tuesday, has a pre-existing heart condition – a hole in her heart. He said that the heart condition was noted in her medical records that was sent to all the hospitals to which she was transferred.

Fearon reportedly had flu-like symptoms, and was reportedly denied services at more than one hospital in the Corporate Area out of fear that she had the highly contagious coronavirus. She did not have the virus.

Her death has caused public outrage and is now the subject of a criminal investigation by the police. Prime Minister Andrew Holness said the outrage is ‘justified’ and that the Government will do everything to ensure accountability and justice.

Following yesterday’s post-mortem, Ford said that Fearon’s medical records indicate that both she and the unborn child were in distress by the time she was transported to the Spanish Town Hospital, in St Catherine from the Andrew Memorial Hospital in Kingston. Fearon was refused admission to the UHWI and the Victoria Jubilee Hospital after having to leave the privately operated Andrews Memorial Hospital where she had spent one day.

Delivered vaginally

She was delivered at the Spanish Town Hospital.

“Don’t think when they said delivered vaginally it was a nice delivery, where she pushed and the baby come,” said Ford, who was a guest on Radio Jamaica’s flagship news programme Beyond The Headlines, with host Dionne Jackson Miller. “She had passed a point where they could no longer do a caesarian section so they had to deliver her.”

He said the loss of over a litre of blood and the distress of the delivery triggered her heart condition. “It sent her into shock. Because her heart wasn’t getting enough blood, her pulse rate was almost two times normal”.

Ford said that after Fearon was transferred to the UHWI, “They found her dead on the floor of the ICU after 20 minutes”.


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