Former Magistrate dies outside GPHC waiting on attendants
…hospital to launch probe
Former Magistrate Cecil Sullivan on Monday died at the entrance of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) after having to wait for a prolonged period for attendants to wheel him inside.
Sullivan, who tested positive for COVID-19, was in home isolation, but on Monday he began experiencing severe respiratory problems and was rushed to the medical facility by relatives
Guyana Times understands that the 88-year-old man’s relatives were directed to a specific entrance of the hospital where COVID-19 patients are attended to, but died before he could receive medical help due to the delay.
In a statement on Monday evening, GPHC revealed that based on accounts from staffers and bystanders, Sullivan was taken into the East Street, Georgetown triage area with respiratory distress.
“Upon arriving at the triage facility, a public security officer accompanied Sullivan’s relative into the triage area and alerted the medical staff. However, upon examination, Sullivan was unresponsive,” the hospital’s statement read.
The hospital’s management, also said that it would conduct an investigation into the events which led to Sullivan’s demise.
Sullivan became a lawyer in 1985, and a Magistrate subsequently in 1987. He also served as acting Chief Magistrate prior to his retirement in 2007. (G12)