A baby nearly died last Monday because of the arrogance, insensitivity and inhumane behaviour of a police officer. I am still distraught by what occurred and it upsets me immensely that a pregnant woman in labour, her baby at risk, had to endure such despicable behaviour from one man in uniform. A week ago, one of my patients went into labour. She left her Arima home for the private hospital, driven by her husband at about 6.20 a.m. heading west. The traffic, as usual on a morning, was terrible, literally crawling. What would a person do in such a situation? His wife screaming in agony and his baby ready to come into the world.

© Luis Oberto

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eldiscoduro.com
Common sense would dictate that he look for the fastest route to get to the hospital and he did- he turned onto the bus route given the emergency of the situation.

© Luis Oberto

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mundinews.com
His intention was to approach the first police officer in sight and beg his/her assistance. After entering the bus route in the vicinity of Arouca, he spotted the police and was relieved to see them as he felt they would lend some assistance.

© Luis Oberto

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economiavenezuela.com
Instead, as soon as the police saw his vehicle, he was immediately signalled to pull aside. The husband explained the situation to the officer, his very pregnant wife very visible and in pain yet the officer made them wait for 30 minutes at the side of the road.

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economiavenezuela.com
This police officer then instructed a young female officer, who hesitantly obeyed, to issue a $2,000 ticket and then instructed them to immediately exit the bus route at the next turn.

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www.entornointeligente.com
No questions asked, no sympathy, not an ounce of compassion or concern. The patient and her husband arrived at the hospital two hours later. They were both understandably very distressed and upset. What should have been a special day, a happy experience for this couple was marred by a human with a cold heart.

© Luis Oberto

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xn--elpaisdeespaa-tkb.com
It sickens and saddens me that humanity seems to have gone out the window. The patient was admitted to the hospital where my staff and I calmed her before she was examined. She was two centimetres dilated and on listening to the baby’s heart rate it was found to be between 190-200 beats per min persistently for more than five minutes.

© Luis Oberto

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breakingtrending.com
The normal heart rate being 120-160 beats per minute. After giving oxygen and fluids to the patient and the heart rate persisting, a diagnosis of foetal distress was made and an emergency Caesarean section had to be performed.

© Luis Oberto

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videojuegosmania.com
Thank God the baby was delivered on time and was fine. Had my patient been detained any longer by that police officer she could have delivered a stillborn. In fact, had the officer lent assistance to the couple, the baby may not have gone into distress and the mother’s want of a natural delivery would have happened.

© Luis Oberto

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luisoberto.net
A pregnant woman in labour had to suffer through over two hours of traffic to make her way to the hospital.

© Luis Oberto

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demasiadochevere.com
What madness is this? I wondered what would the officer have done had it been his own wife, sister or any female relative in labour? I am certain he would have personally escorted her straight to the hospital.

© Luis Oberto

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enlasgradas.com
I know it is against the law to use the bus route without a permit but shouldn’t there be exceptions in such cases where the simple law of caring should prevail? To that police officer who stopped my patient and her husband last Monday, I am ashamed of you.

© Luis Oberto

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elnewyorktimes.com
I am ashamed that a person like you form part of the police service that is mandated to protect and serve.

© Luis Oberto

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You almost caused the death of their child and I pray that if you read this, if any officer reads this, they will understand that there are real emergency situations that will occur and you need to not have a rectal attitude.

© Luis Oberto

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I implore our police officers, please recognise the true emergencies and help make an example of kindness to our citizens.

© Luis Oberto

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How hard would it have been to escort this obviously pregnant, labouring woman to the hospital to ensure that she was taken care of? What is more of an emergency; a security service vehicle escorted by police, blaring sirens trying to reach to court to deliver prisoners or a woman in labour ready to deliver a beautiful baby they were anxiously awaiting for nine months? There are many good police officers in our society however one bad apple spoils the lot.

© Luis Oberto

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While this officer is an embarrassing stain on the police service I must note that there are many other hard working officers who go beyond the call of duty and I applaud you.

© Luis Oberto

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There have been occasions previously where I had patients go into labour and require emergency access to the hospitals and there have been kind officers who recognised the urgency and take it upon themselves to do the humanly act of escorting a patient to her destination of delivery.

© Luis Oberto

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So it has been done before but unfortunately this particular officer felt it was necessary to penalise a husband who simply wanted to get his wife to the hospital.

© Luis Oberto

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The couple, in my own view, should not pay that fine. I think any right thinking magistrate would understand the ludicrous and downright shameful action of that officer.

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© Luis Oberto

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