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Gilbert Plains man sues health-care providers, arguing delays in diagnosis, care led to wife’s death

A Gilbert Plains man is suing Manitoba’s health system and first responders, as he says his 78-year-old wife’s perforated bowel wasn’t caught in a timely manner, leading to her eventual death two years ago.

Donald Wiwcharuk, executor of his late wife’s estate, is seeking damages under the Fatal Accidents Act after his wife Elizabeth (“Liz”) Wiwcharuk died of cardiogenic shock and sepsis — which would not have happened if not for her health-care providers’ negligence, according to a statement of claim filed in Manitoba’s Court of King’s Bench on June 16.

He alleges his wife did not receive the “life-saving medical intervention” she required in a timely way, thanks to a lengthy ambulance wait time and the hospital’s “failure to identify or treat the cause of Liz’s worsening symptoms.” 

Donald launched the lawsuit against the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, Shared Health, Health Sciences Centre and Winnipeg and Fire Paramedic Services. He lives in Gilbert Plains, which is about 275 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg.

Elizabeth went to Winnipeg’s Health Sciences Centre on June 18, 2021, for an endoscopy and gastroscopy — both non-urgent procedures related to her throat condition, Barrett’s esophagus. Elizabeth’s daughter in Winnipeg, Shonna Newans, went with her on the hospital visit.

Afterwards, Elizabeth “immediately began voicing complaints of pain and rubbing her side,” the lawsuit alleges, adding that when she had these procedures done previously, she had not experienced “pain of that severity or in that location.”

Newans asked a nurse to examine her mother, but the nurse told her to go to a family doctor. The lawsuit notes that due to living out of the city, “it was impractical to take her to her family doctor.” Elizabeth later went to a walk-in clinic where she was prescribed antibiotics, the claim says.

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Fired ambulance company sues N.L. Well being Section, regional health authority

A paramedic looks contemplative, sitting with a strecher and medical supplies in the background.
Wade Smith, viewed in this article in a file picture, owns Smith’s Ambulance Support, a private ambulance operator. (Mark Cumby/CBC)

An ambulance services that experienced its deal for products and services in the Whitbourne space terminated abruptly previously this month has submitted a lawsuit in opposition to the provincial Section of Wellness and the area’s regional health and fitness authority.

In a assertion of declare filed past 7 days in the Supreme Courtroom of Newfoundland and Labrador, Smith’s Ambulance Service says it was terminated devoid of see on March 2 and dispute resolution methods outlined in the ambulance service arrangement ended up not followed. 

The firm has been supplying ambulance service to the Whitbourne location considering that 1996 and signed its most modern agreement with the provincial government and Japanese Health in January.

Some Smith’s Ambulance employees told CBC News they located out their employer’s agreement was severed, leaving them with no careers, by way of an Japanese Health push launch posted to Fb on the evening of March 2. 

In paperwork submitted in court docket, Smith’s stated Jap Well being despatched the corporation a letter in mid-June that alleged the enterprise experienced breached its ambulance service settlement on June 1. 

Smith’s said the letter didn’t comply with their deal or let them to overview the circumstance and answer before motion was taken. The corporation also alleges Japanese Wellbeing did not notify it of the potential breach of agreement within three days of turning out to be conscious of it, as its contract demands. 

A female paramedic sits inside an ambulance with an automated external defibrillator layed on top of a stretcher. She is pressing a button on the defibrillators.
A principal-treatment paramedic with Smith’s Ambulance Support checks ambulance products right before her change starts in this picture from November. (Heather Gillis/CBC)

The assertion of claim also said the corporation worked with Eastern Health to resolve troubles but was nonetheless anxious about the breach of agreement

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