Police investigate death of mother and son in hospital

The Police have confirmed that they are investigating the death of a woman and her baby a fortnight ago.

The pregnant woman who went to the Moto'otua Hospital on September 15th to give birth where she later died.

Police Commissioner, Fuiavaili'ili Egon Keil, confirmed the investigation in response to questions from the Samoa Observer.

“We received a call from the family about the deaths and we are looking into this matter to whether there is any criminality,” he said. 

“We have to consider the doctor’s report and we rely on that to give us guidance in our investigation. 

"When it comes to these types of cases, and if there is anything criminality or suspicion, we will seek the coroner’s consent and order the body be examined by a pathologist.”

In the meantime, the family is mourning the double death.

Husband and father, Samuelu Matamua, said he is still waiting for answers from both the Ministry of Health and the Police. 

He said his family is looking forward to hearing from the authorities.

Mr. Matamua had just returned from seasonal work in New Zealand and the deceased baby boy was to be their first child. 

"I'm very sad," he said.

“I was looking forward to having our baby. My wife was a very good and respectful wife. She was like a daughter to my parents and I don’t know how I’m going to forget her,” he said, through tears.

The deceased mother and son will be laid to rest in Savai’i after the completion of Police investigations.

When the Samoa Observer contacted the Ministry of Health for a comment, questions were directed to the Police.

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