A MEMBER OF THE National Democratic Congress dream team which won the 2008 election has died in hospital after doctors failed to operate on a ruptured blood vessel in his head.
Osborne James, who contested the St Mark seat but lost to long standing MP Clarice Modeste, fell ill last Friday at his home and was taken to hospital by police officers as there was no ambulance to transport the sick man.
He died on Tuesday morning at the General Hospital.
“Every time I think of what I had and what I lost I am saddened”, said Merle James, his wife of many years.
Mrs James told this newspaper that while she is not accusing the doctors of negligence, resulting in her husband’s death, she feels they took too long to tell her what was wrong with her husband or to treat him for the ruptured blood vessel that doctors did not tell her about until days later.
She said after arriving at the hospital in St George’s she was informed that a brain scan had to be done but not without an immediate payment of $1,200.00 to the hospital.
After paying, $800.00 for the scan and another $400.00 for calling out a nurse to do it, the scan was done but no one bothered to share the information with the family until three days later.
Mrs James said the doctor who attended to her husband on Friday night finally returned to work on Monday morning and shared the results of the scan with her.
According to Mrs James the doctor told her the news was not good and by Tuesday morning he was dead.
James, who should have been placed in the Intensive Care Unit, remained on the ward and the family was told the ICU had no beds available.
“I don’t know whether they are actually treating him because on Saturday he kept knocking on his head and complaining that his head hurt”, Mrs James explained to this newspaper.
She said he was communicating with them on Saturday but by Sunday doctors told the family he was not responding to medication. At that point the family still had not been told what was wrong with James.
She said one of James’s daughters made continuous inquiries about the status of her father’s health but received no information in that regard.
James who lived in the hilltop village of Coast Guard had been handpicked by Peter David to run in 2008, in the seat which is considered a New National Party stronghold.
Mrs James said she is grateful for the support shown by her husband’s former political colleagues, including David, who spent some time at the hospital with the family.
After news of his death Tuesday a team from the National Democratic Congress, led by Nazim Burke visited James’ family at their home in Coast Guard.
Area MP Clarice Modeste, also called the family home to express her sympathy though she did not get to actually speak with James wife and was expected to call again.
Mrs James said she is also very grateful to the Victoria police for transporting her husband when there was no State ambulance available on the west coast.
In the 2008 election campaign James was described as a devout Christian, an honest representative of the people and a reliable builder.