Inmate gives birth prematurely: says was placed on bread and water diet for refusing induction
MILTON, Ontario, November 21, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A pregnant Ontario inmate who said she faced heavy pressure from medical staff to undergo an “early induction” gave birth prematurely on Saturday after reportedly being placed on a bread and liquid diet.
Eva Okello’s water broke on Friday and she delivered a four-pound baby Saturday morning, says pro-life activist Linda Gibbons, who was in jail with Okello before Gibbons’ recent release.
The baby’s due date was December 15, and there is concern that the child went prematurely due to stress from her alleged poor treatment at the Vanier Centre for Women in Milton.
Okello’s husband Paul Matthews told LifeSiteNews Monday that he is trying to get the child from children’s aid.
There is no reason why they would not place the child in Matthews’ care, says Gibbons. “He’s a normal work father, on paternity leave,” she explained. “They should release the baby to him, because he has no issues.”
Okello was sentenced to eight months’ prison in September for practicing as a nurse illegally. She had served as a nurse in Kenya before she moved to Canada ten years ago.
Earlier this month Okello told LifeSiteNews that a doctor at the prison had put her into segregation when she refused the doctor’s urgings that she undergo an “early induction” of her child – a procedure that would have put her child’s life at significant risk.
According to Okello, the doctor said she could not “care less” what she did, but then had her sent to segregation when she refused the induction, where she was put into a small, cold cell and only given bread and cold water.
LifeSiteNews.com had previously contacted the Vanier Centre for Women in Milton to confirm Okello’s story, but was told that the jail could not comment on individual cases.
Okello has a parole date coming up on December 16th, says Gibbons.
Hon Madeleine Meilleur, Ontario’s Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services
25 Grosvenor Street
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1Y6
Superintendent Donna Keating
Vanier Centre for Women
655 Martin St
Milton, ON L9T 5E6
Phone: 905-876-8300 ext. 7316
Tim Hudak, Opposition Leader
The Ontario PC Party
19 Duncan Street
Toronto, ON M5H 3H1