The lawyer representing the family of Jodian Fearon, the first-time mother whose death drew national outrage because she was denied access to healthcare at several hospitals, has strongly disagreed with the decision of Jamaica’s chief prosecutor not to refer the case to a coroner’s jury for criminal liability.
With sights set on a civil case, attorney-at-law Isat Buchanan is pushing to have access to the video evidence that showed Fearon’s tragedy unfolding.
Fearon, who was 23, was initially not admitted at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) and Victoria Jubilee Hospital after she presented with symptoms perceived as similar to those displayed by COVID-19 patients.
She later delivered her baby at Spanish Town Hospital and then was transferred to the UHWI, where she died in April.
Fearon tested negative for the virus.
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