OCA takes interest in case involving UHWI and 14 month old child

Diahann Gordon Harrison
The Office of the Children's Advocate has become involved in the case in which the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) is accused of denying the parents of a 14 month old child access to her medical records so that they could make informed decisions about her treatment.
Children's Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison told RJR News Thursday afternoon that she could not say much about the case at this time.
However, she said her office is acting to protect the best interest of  the child in relation to her "access to appropriate and supportive health care."
The child was admitted to the University Hospital on August 22 and the parents were reportedly told she had two days to live and therefore treatment was not necessary.
Human rights advocacy group Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) said when she outlived the doctors' expectations, her parents were told she needed urgent chemotherapy treatment as she had cancer.
JFJ said this diagnosis was later abandoned and the parents became concerned.
JFJ took the matter to court and on Monday, the Supreme Court ruled, among other things, that the medical records be released.

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