Woman Dies After Discharge From Grace Hospital
Winnipeg, MB, Canada / 680 CJOB – Winnipeg’s News & Information Leader
January 20, 2014
A Manitoba woman believes her sister would still be alive if she was not treated by the Grace Hospital for a brain hemorrhage.
Marg Anderson says her sister, 60-year-old Dianne Vincent was treated at the Grace for a brain hemorrhage on Dec. 30. She was released just two days later and told she would be able to fly home to Vancouver, as long as she was accompanied by a friend or relative.
But shortly after she flew home with a family member, she suffered another hemorrhage on Jan. 11.
“The Vancouver General Hospital… reached me in Winnipeg to tell me that my sister had had a massive bleed, that there was no chance of recovery, that she was brain dead and that she was on life support,” Anderson said.
Vincent was taken off life support and died on Saturday, January 18th, in a Vancouver hospital.
Now the family say they want answers.
Anderson told 680 CJOB she asked questions at the time Dianne was released from hospital, but didn’t get a satisfactory answer.
“They never really were clear. I asked them why they told me she was going to be in there for almost two weeks and all of a sudden they released her one day after telling me that. They had no answers for me.”
Anderson is scheduled to meet with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority’s Chief Medical Officer.
The WRHA has not confirmed to CJOB they are investigating, but a spokesperson says they are in talks with the family.
“The decision to discharge a patient is a medical decision based on medical judgment that’s exercised in collaboration with other clinicians, the patient, and often the patient’s family. We understand and appreciate the family has a lot of questions, and we want to work with them to answer these questions and address any outstanding concerns the family may have,” the spokesperson says in an email.
The WRHA also hasn’t released any details on the probes into the deaths of David Silver, 78, and another man after both were discharged from the Grace. Both men were sent home in taxis, but died before reaching their front doors.