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Pilot dies at private hospital

By Sasha Harrinanan Monday, March 17 2014

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Adesh Jaggernauth...
Adesh Jaggernauth...

The family of Adesh Jaggernauth, 37, have hired attorney Fareed Ali to explore their legal options following his sudden death on Thursday last, six days after he underwent a tonsillectomy (a surgical operation to remove the tonsils) on March 7 at Medical Associates Private Hospital in St Joseph.

Newsday was referred to Ali during a phone call with a close relative of the Caribbean Airlines Limited (CAL) pilot, who said “anyone who wants more information is being asked to call Fareed Ali.”

The lawyer later confirmed that he had been retained by the Jaggernauth family on Friday to “determine what action, if any, to take.”

Ali also told Newsday while he had not yet sent a formal request to Medical Associates for Jaggernauth’s post-mortem report and his medical records.

“I am in the process of writing an official correspondence requesting these documents, which will be sent to the hospital today,” the lawyer confirmed.

Noting that it usually takes about five days for medical institutions to provide such records, Ali said once they are in his possession, he would be seeking the assistance of a suitably qualified physician “to assess them to help us determine what action, if any, to take.” While declining to give details of what was stated in Jaggernauth’s post-mortem certificate, Ali said a decision had been made to postpone funeral arrangements for the husband and father of a five-year-old boy.

“Because of what the post-mortem certificate reflects about those records (post-mortem report and his medical records), we may have to pursue another course of action with regard to Mr Jaggernauth’s body prior to his funeral service,” Ali stated.

Newsday attempted to speak with a representative of CAL about the passing of one of its pilots but those calls went to voice mail.

When contacted, a receptionist at Medical Associates told Newsday that the manager of the institution was with a patient and therefore could not take any calls.

Jaggernauth died shortly after 3 pm on March 13, approximately 12 hours after he began coughing up blood clots.

Prior to that, the father of one was admitted to the private hospital at 7 am on Friday, March 7, where he underwent tonsil surgery before being discharged at 3 pm that same day. A close family friend, identified as Laura, told Newsday Jaggernauth seemed fine up until the evening of Monday, March 10, when he began coughing up blood. After losing consciousness, his family called an ambulance to the man’s Signature Park, Arima home. Jaggernauth was given oxygen but was still taken to the Arima Health Centre, where a doctor reportedly said coughing may have resulted in him bringing up blood.

The following day, Tuesday, March 11, relatives contacted Medical Associates and asked the doctor who performed Jaggernauth’s surgery if they should bring him in for an early check-up. Laura said they were told coughing up blood was normal after undergoing tonsillectomy.

However when the 37-year-old began coughing up blood clots around 3 am on Thursday, March 13, his wife became frantic and contacted the doctor again.

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