Health system failed young Nanaimo family

Re: Nanaimo couple seeks support from community, July 24.

To the Editor,

Re: Nanaimo couple seeks support from community, July 24.

It is ironic that Canada’s ‘wonderful’ health system is directly responsible for the very tragic, perhaps avoidable outcome of Cory Johnson’s plight.

His problems started around Christmas and two and a half months later he had an MRI. Four to six weeks later he had surgery, which is now almost four months.

A one-by-three inch tumour was removed from his spinal cord, that grew exponentially during this unethical time of waiting. Now he is paralyzed for life.

Doesn’t it scream to heaven that he should have had emergency treatment almost immediately?

I find it strange that doctors in Canada can be so silent about these long waiting times, knowing it is detrimental to the patient.

Stranger still is the silence of all politicians, as if there is no solution to the problem. Can’t they see the urgency of prompt medical treatment?

In the meantime, a young man loses his mobility for the better part of his life, and the family is in dire straits. What a disgrace to all concerned.

Go see your lawyer, Cory.

Jean Parkin

Nanaimo

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