Barbados Clinic Baby Murder Scandal

Just to be perfectly clear…

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The Government of Barbados has some serious explaining to do about how it climbed into bed with an organization that is now accused of murdering newborn infants for their body organs.

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photos: Prime Minister Owen Arthur – who approved the establishment of the Institute of Regenerative Medicine on Barbados. Dr. Jerome Walcott – Barbados Minister Of Health, who (presumably) knows something about this mess.

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35 responses to “Barbados Clinic Baby Murder Scandal

  1. John

    Comes down to principle.

    Our politicians have none, and haven’t for ages. What counts with them is the dollar.

    HARP was another case where Barbadian Resources were used in research.

    The technology developed ended up being sold to South Africa to prop up the apartheid regime.

  2. John

    Guess this would count as one way to position Barbados for the lucrative upmarket tourism.

    Sorry for being totally cynical but sometimes I just can’t help it.

  3. Hants

    Why issuses like this Baby murder scandal can’t just disappear.

    Freedom rules.

    Time Magazine Person of the Year.
    http://news.com.com/Time+magazine+names+you+Person+of+the+Year/2100-1025_3-6144371.html

  4. Dr. Frankenstein

    This stuff is truly creepy. The super wealthy of a rich nation in pursuit of eternal youth using Essence of Human Babies, distilled from the butchered young of the impoverished of a poor Eastern Block country. Mary Shelly would shudder. Can anyone verify the veracity of BBC’s report? If this all turns out to be true, kick these people out of our country now, Mr. Minister. Hard to imagine that this is going on here, and we cant even supply autoclaves to sterilise our general surgeries at Q.E.H. Appalling!

  5. Jerome Hinds

    Lady Jerome should resign. But no, instead of seeing after the health sector of this country (s)he is up and down the length of this country trying to ridicule Branford Taitt and Richard Sealy for pointing out to the public the ills in our health sector. This is after millions have beeen voted by parliament to address the health sector – this is after a board has been brought in to be the cure for all ills. Help is needed fast – Lady Jerome your panty is showing on this new scandal!!!!! RESIGN !!!!!!

  6. Wry Mongoose

    Mr Hinds should leave out the invective and stay on topic. Regardless of how ‘free’ a forum may be – homophobic innuendo is poor form. BFP’s presumption (albeit declared) that Walcott knew the goings-on at the privately-run IRMB is ambitious. If Branford Taitt and Richard Sealy are so intimate with the ‘ills in our health sector’ they should have broken the Vita Nova story instead of watching it on BBC like the rest of us plebians.

  7. BFP

    Wry Mongoose said “BFP’s presumption (albeit declared) that Walcott knew the goings-on at the privately-run IRMB is ambitious. ”

    BFP replies…

    IF Dr. Walcott does not know about everything that goes on at that clinic, IF he has never personally done an inspection or had his seconds do the same, IF he has never audited treatments and medical practices used at Villa Nova…

    … then he should be fired immediately.

    He’s the Minister of Health! If he doesn’t know what is going on under his watch at that place – it says it all.

    Of course we “presume” that he would know “something” about this mess. He licensed the place!

  8. Hants

    BFP, all Dr.Walcott has to do is tell the public what his Ministry and Town Planning approved for the use of the Villa Nova Building.

    It is quite possible that the “true” operation of the clinic was hidden from the Government of Barbados.

    If the Minister had responded to what has been written in the UK press we wouldn’t be having this discussion.

  9. West Side Davie

    Hi Hants

    Are you saying that anyone can open a medical clinic and practice medicine, do surgical procedures in Barbados without licensing and ongoing supervision from the Ministry of Health?

  10. Jerome Hinds

    Thank you BFP for your forthrightness on Lady Jerome’s responsibilty on health matters in Barbados.

    Wry Mongoose should sit up and take note!!!!

  11. Hants

    Westsidedavie….. I do not know about on going supervision. I think this Government is promoting health tourism and I am sure there will be no close supervision of anything.

    All Beaches were supposed to be public but the Rich Beachfront property owners found a way around that by building “protective sea walls”.

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  13. Adrian Loveridge

    ‘For a start (the Barbados Clinic) is not regulated by any medical board, and there is no documented evidence or clinical trials to back their claims’.

    Stephen MINGER
    Director of stem sell biology at
    Kings College in London

  14. Red

    This is not the first instance of a clinic without review and examination; there is a quack running a natural health clinic on the south coast, and he is apparently using his sister’s credentials.

  15. Lady Anon

    Mr. Mongoose…we know of the stem cell goings on at Vita Nova. There was a big story in the Nation Newspaper (I think) about a gentleman in a wheelchair whose challenges were diminished after undergoing treatment here.

    What we did not do was to ask the hard questions. Where were the stem cells coming from? Why is there so much debate on this all around us and the Barbadian gov’t did not seemingly ask a question or two?

    Sometimes in our haste to point a finger, we need to point it at ourselves. We need to ask the questions, and not wait for BBC or someone else to ask them for us and in turn, make us look like ignorant people (for want of a better term).

    We need to stop sitting on our hands. We need to ask the hard questions.

    As much as I love this site and the opportunity to express myself (as I cannot to my parliamentary representative) I wonder how effective this medium is in mobilising realistic change.

  16. Jerome Hinds

    No wonder the pimp Owen Arthur can declare in Oistins at the recent BLP political meeting that regardless of when he calls elections – the result will the same, 4 – 0 to the BLP !!!!!

    Note, Lady Jerome was on the same political platform that night.

    Could it be that this Villa Nova ( Vita Nova?) project is to provide campaign funds for the BLP in the upcoming election?

    Is this why this government has turned a blind eye to its operations?

    Barbadians, let us remember St. Lucians saw the signs of such corruption on the wall and voted Anthony out the way.

    Anthony also promised ‘free plots of land’ to every St. Lucian if his party was returned office on December 11 2006.

    Could you believe after 9 years in office doing nothing for the people, Anthony, came with such an empty promise?

    What about the pimp Owen Arthur $ 34 million ‘promise’ to fix all the roads in St. Philip!!!

    After 12 years of BLP rule and St. Philip residents complaining about the state of their roads every year !!!

    Ah wonder if the Villa Nova secret providing the $34 million?

    Come on the Negrocratic pimp, Owen Arthur – Bajan want answers and FAST !!!!!

  17. Out Dey in Bim

    Jerome Hinds

    Please don’t abuse the privelege allowed under this site.I ‘ve noticed before that you have taken to posting the same comment,usually a very long one on 3 or 4 different topics,thus wasting the reader’s time who clicks on it expecting to see what new you have to say.

    Please don’t devalue your contribution this way.If you have posted your comment in one area please don’t post the same comments all over at different unrelated topics.We usually get your point the first time.

  18. Jerome Hinds

    Out dey in Bim,

    Just like you, I am keeping the message out dey !!!!

  19. Lady Anon

    Talking about health tourism, check out this link…it is a story on BBC about the invitro fertilisation clinic in Barbados. (Barbados Fertility Centre).

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/5361286.stm

  20. Adrian Loveridge says:
    December 18th, 2006 at 9:48 am
    ‘For a start (the Barbados Clinic) is not regulated by any medical board, and there is no documented evidence or clinical trials to back their claims’.

    Stephen MINGER
    Director of stem sell biology at
    Kings College in London
    —————————————————————–

    ….am i incorrect in saying that the view of BFP, and several readers on this incident is that the BLP is to blame for what transpired in the Ukraine? Is this your view too Mr. Loveridge?

    Mr.Loveridge what is the point of your comments above? That these measures should have been in place, and that these measures would have stop the killings in the Ukraine?

    can you name any other service, or product that makes claims about healing, healt restoration etc. that are not regulated or proven by any scientific research?

  21. yatinkiteasy

    Does our Medical Board review the operations carried out by The Sparman Clinic? Here is a Doctor who is a US resident,who was barred from practicing in one of the US states, with a criminal record in the US, a registered sex offender in Florida,who found it necessary to have four different names and social security numbers in the US…operating a Cardiology clinic in Barbados. How many procedures has he done? What are the results? Why won`t any Cardio Professionals in Barbados refer cases to him?….Does he just open a clinic, hang out a sign, post a website with scant information, and no one in Authority reviews his operation. I`m talking Invasive Heart Surgery, not operating a barbeque tent in Broad Street(in the alley by Royal Bank)This is serious stuff…but it seems no one cares. Or has he bought his way in ?

  22. Hants

    yatinkiteasy … sorry to disappoint you but Dr.Sparman is a qualified Cardiologist and the people in Barbados care about the lives he is saving.
    The Cardio Professionals in Barbados probably don’t refer patients to him because they have other options including sending patients to the USA and Canada.
    The poor people in Barbados will have to go to Dr. Sparman.

  23. Hants says:
    December 18th, 2006 at 3:17 pm
    yatinkiteasy … sorry to disappoint you but Dr.Sparman is a qualified Cardiologist and the people in Barbados care about the lives he is saving.
    The Cardio Professionals in Barbados probably don’t refer patients to him because they have other options including sending patients to the USA and Canada.
    The poor people in Barbados will have to go to Dr. Sparman.
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    Indeed Hant indeed. The fight between Sparman and the Cardo professionals in Barbados is nothing more than about business. Sparman beat them to the punch with a lucrative service. Thats it in a nut shell.

  24. Adrian Loveridge

    Adrian…

    The point I am making is that Government has to regulate the operation of such facilities.

    If Barbados did not operate such a facility, then those rich ladies wanting their wrinkles ironed out would not require aborted (or live) foetuses at least on our soil.

    This facility has been in operation for two years and on their former website (VitaNova) they even boasted about the cosmetic ‘benefits’ of being injected with dead babies.

    I would remind you that there is a sizeable percentage of the world’s population that actually believes in the sanctity of life.
    And many of these people might consider Barbados as a holiday destination.

    What also greatly suprises me is that prominent Barbadian Church spokespeople have been absolutely silent about this issue and its ramifications.

    The BBC Report has now been aired on Channel 4, BBC World and carried in numerous publications including the Daily Mail, Independent, Evening Standard and dozens of others across the world.

    When people have a choice of destinations, maybe
    having ‘the world’s first licenced stem cell clinic’ using the aborted foetuses of babies (where ever they come from) what are largely used for cosmetic use, it not perhaps our biggest marketing tool.

    Still no-one has answered the question, who granted them a licence to operate and on what conditions?

  25. akabozzik

    Pardon me for reposting my comments from another article, but they are relevant in this thread also…

    BFP is correct that this “medical facility” is here in Barbados because it is not allowed in Britain.

    There are all kinds of very good technical and safety-related reasons why the transfer and implanting of human tissue is a highly regulated affair in the civilized world. There is the potential for disease first and foremost.

    Does the government of Barbados regulate the importing of human tissue into our country? What are the Barbados regulations for the use and disposal of human tissue?

    BFP like all of us knows how things work on this island and they are perfectly within reason to ask whether campaign donations have been received. Given that the BLP has had 12 years to institute any laws about integrity and transparency with campaign donations or conflicts of interest we all know that it is not going to happen on Owen’s time.

    Citizen First’s idea is that we should all be quite about this and let Mother Britain tell us what to do.

    It is about MURDER for God’s Sake! The bodies may have come here and the people running the clinic are at least sources of evidence.

    Bajan citizens have a right to expect that medical practices on this island will be regulated by the government in a professional manner.

    It is not BFP that is the problem for daring to mention that we just might have had murder victims shipped to Barbados. The entire world knows about this through the BBC!

    So what is the government going to do about this? They ARE the ones who put us into bed with these russian mobsters.

    I saw a comment on one of the BBC articles that Barbados was the “Frankenstein Laboratory Of The Caribbean” !!!!

    The world knows all about this already. Citizens should demand that the government at least give the appearance of doing something about “this mess”.

  26. Adrian Loveridge

    Just to add…

    The 13th June 2005 edition of BusinessWeek carried as its Cover story an article on IRM and below are some direct quotes:

    ‘BusinessWeek reports that the institute’s CEO and founder, Barnett Suskind started his company in Barbados because he feared the ‘political storm’ surrounding stem cells in the U.S.’

    ‘The Government here (in Barbados) has welcomed us’, Suskind says, ‘we can conduct our work with their blessing’.

    The report went on to say (BusinessWeek’s words) ‘Given the treatment cost of US$25,000 per patient, Suskind apparently has another motivation for operating abroad where his company is able to circumvent the safety and effectiveness requirements of the United States Food and Drug Administration and Internal Review Board (IRB) approval that is necessary for research in the United States’.

  27. Adrian Loveridge Says:
    December 18th, 2006 at 3:39 pm

    If Barbados did not operate such a facility, then those rich ladies wanting their wrinkles ironed out would not require aborted (or live) foetuses at least on our soil.
    ——————-
    Ok i can understand that you are against such a facility, and I am too, but your views on what old rich ladies do cannot be the reason to allow or disallow such services here. Stem cell research has a market, has backers, and is claim to hold benefits, and so some say should be explored. I will agree that such enterprises should be regulated, i will not however fault the GoB for lack of oversight as it relates to the death of Babies in the Ukraine. Just like we can fault the operators of this clinic for making claims that have no basis in scientific research, so to I fault BFP and others for making their grandioze assumptions and linkages of fault and culpability on the part of the GoB, in the deaths of healthy ukrainian babies.
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    Adrian Loveridge Says:
    December 18th, 2006 at 3:39 pm

    This facility has been in operation for two years and on their former website (VitaNova) they even boasted about the cosmetic ‘benefits’ of being injected with dead babies.
    ———
    ———
    Is this true? Did the operators of this clinic make the claim as you stated?
    —————————————————————-
    —————————————————————-
    Adrian Loveridge Says:
    December 18th, 2006 at 3:39 pm

    I would remind you that there is a sizeable percentage of the world’s population that actually believes in the sanctity of life.
    And many of these people might consider Barbados as a holiday destination.
    ——-
    ——-
    I disagree with your opinion here, the opinions from around the world on the recent “Shiavo’ case in America paints a different picture, and the view that Barbados will suffer any significant fallout as a result of dead Babies in the Ukraine and inspite of BFP’s attempt to tie our leaders to this will not occurr. Our tourism sector can suffer more fall out from the lack of gambling, the high cost of vacation there, and the fact that several destinations are revamping their product.

    …..But you have still to make the case that one
    1: This clinic knowingly accepted stem cells from the Ukraine in the manner it is suggested.
    2: That even if they did that they did so with the full knowledge of the GoB.
    3: The even if no such intent can be proven that the oversight you are arguing for would have been sufficient enought in ensuring that such stem cells did not make it into Barbados.
    4: What role as someone state did authorities in the UK play in all this, if it is indeed true. Did the UK authorities knowingly allow such products into their country, and what methods would we have in place to question the conclusions of the UK on the quality of the products?

    The argument centered around stem cell research in the US has pitted conservatives against liberals, both agree to the promise of stem cell research both differ on the approach, and are seeking to put laws in place to keep the research within ethical bounderies.

  28. Adrian Loveridge
    December 18th, 2006 at 4:10 pm
    Just to add…
    ‘BusinessWeek reports that the institute’s CEO and founder, Barnett Suskind started his company in Barbados because he feared the ‘political storm’ surrounding stem cells in the U.S.’
    —————————————————————–
    What is wrong with that? Many in the US fear that the current Administrations views will lead to other countries making strides in stem cell research to the US detriment, and pray what tell is so unsuall with this view? Don’t business people attempt to avoid taxation and other obligations in their homeland by going overseas?
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    Adrian Loveridge
    December 18th, 2006 at 4:10 pm

    ‘The Government here (in Barbados) has welcomed us’, Suskind says, ‘we can conduct our work with their blessing’.
    ———–
    ———–

    This is what he stated, He is not the spokesperson for Government. Could it be that what the government agree to was different than what is alleged here? Stem cell research is accuring in Boston massachusetts and several other cities around the country.
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    Adrian Loveridge says:
    December 18th, 2006 at 4:10 pm
    The report went on to say (BusinessWeek’s words) ‘Given the treatment cost of US$25,000 per patient, Suskind apparently has another motivation for operating abroad where his company is able to circumvent the safety and effectiveness requirements of the United States Food and Drug Administration and Internal Review Board (IRB) approval that is necessary for research in the United States’.
    ———
    ———
    The truth is more likely to be that this person is too small a player to get the kind of access that would be needed to operate in the US.

    I am by no means in favour of this company. I also had and continue to have reservations about it. However i will not go as far as some will in linking the deaths of healthy babies IN THE Ukraine to the GoB.

  29. Thos of us who wish to ramain non-partisan, but want to have an informed “Barbados first” opinion on what has clearly become a feeding frenzy for those with political axe to grind, please see if you can learn anything about Stem cell research that may help form your questions and concerns to the GoB regarding the allegations surrounding the VitaNova clinic.

    http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/newjersey/ny-bc-nj–stemcellresearch1218dec18,0,5575316.story?coll=ny-region-apnewjersey

    http://stemcells.nih.gov/info/basics

    http://stemcells.nih.gov/policy

    http://www.stemcellresearchfoundation.org/

    http://www.religioustolerance.org/res_stem.htm

  30. Hants

    Adrian the discussion is about “murdered” new born babies, not whether stem cell research is good for humanity.
    I would rather die than be saved by cells from a murdered baby.
    I hope stem cell research is successful but not from using parts of murdered babies.
    If there is proof IRM is involved then the Barbados Government has 1 choice.
    Shut IRM down.

  31. Hants Says:
    December 18th, 2006 at 9:22 pm
    Adrian the discussion is about “murdered” new born babies, not whether stem cell research is good for humanity.
    I would rather die than be saved by cells from a murdered baby.
    I hope stem cell research is successful but not from using parts of murdered babies.
    If there is proof IRM is involved then the Barbados Government has 1 choice.
    Shut IRM down.
    —————————————————————–
    I understand why you would want to seperate the two issues. Many persons only hear one side of stem cell research controversy and this story can lead to legislation that outlaws all stem cell research. We cannot claim to be a nation of laws and resort to investigate IRM if they are no laws with which to investigate. I would gaurantee you that if we were to shut them without resourse to Law that this would be a bigger drawback to Barbados as place to do business, and from which investors may have to take another look. But then again that would be a good thing for you too i suppose.

  32. Hants

    Adrian which “side” of stem cell research requires new born babies to be murdered?

    Do you really want Barbados associated with this?
    It is time the Government of Barbados address this issue.

    nuff said.

  33. Rhonda

    Is this facility still operating? There are women suffering from infertility who would like to be treated here! Mother’s cannot understand the torment of a childless woman facing middle age… And, the blessing of a doctor who can help her to conceive…

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