Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Dances with Medical Malpractice Attorneys

In 2008, an aboriginal-Canadian man, Brian Sinclair, who also happened to be a double-amputee, died during a 34-hour-wait in a Winnipeg ER. According to this article, Sinclair's family believes the death is attributable to systemic racism. Quoting Sinclair's cousin Robert:

“If you walk in my shoes as an aboriginal person for 50 years, you will know that there is hidden racism and discrimination in this country, in this province, in the government systems.”

Did he just use the expression "walk in my shoes"? He is aware his cousin was a double-amputee, right? More details about Brian Sinclair from the article linked above:

[...] The inquiry has heard he was a substance abuser and frequent visitor to the emergency room at Winnipeg’s Health Sciences Centre. He died of a treatable bladder infection while waiting in the ER in September 2008.

A community doctor referred Sinclair because he hadn’t urinated in 24 hours. The inquest has heard that Sinclair spoke to a triage aide when he arrived and wheeled himself into the waiting room. He would languish there — vomiting several times as his condition deteriorated — without ever being officially triaged or examined by a medical professional.

Rigor mortis had set in by the time he was discovered dead.

Perhaps they mistook him for a cigar store Indian? Guess he should have made reservations if he wanted to be seen more quickly.

My first instinct is to marvel that the more capitalistically inclined in our nation haven't picked up on this story. As in, "What's all this I hear about the joys of socialized medicine?" But perhaps the reason they don't pursue that line of attack is that we in America have our own problem with corpses in hospital waiting rooms. For example, this darkie, Melvin Dillard, who was discovered dead in the waiting room of a Delaware ER.

To be completely blunt ... where was Sinclair's family when he was slowly dying over the course of 34-hours? Most likely, they were not interested in being responsible for their substance-abusing kin in the first place, which would explain why he was a "frequent visitor" of the ER. But, of course, this is systemic racism's fault, not systemic abuse of the health service as a temporary boarding facility for drunks and junkies whose families don't want the burden of dealing with them.

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