Skip to comments.ER doctor's quick action saved life of 8-year-old girl Girl sent to Detroit
Posted on 06/10/2012 1:50:46 PM PDT by Former Proud Canadian
A critically ill eight-year-old child is alive today because a Windsor emergency room doctor refused to wait for provincial approval to send the child to a Detroit hospital, according to the patients mother and hospital doctor.
She needed emergency surgery and if you dont operate she was going to die, said Dr. David Adekoya, Windsor Regional Hospitals chief of emergency surgery who was at the hospital when the girl was treated. She needed to be at a facility within an hour. We needed to make a decision and not wait around.
.... After the transfer to Detroit was arranged, CritiCall approved it and all medical bills were paid for by the province, according to Marys mother and Musyj. A team from Detroit arrived in Windsor with a nurse, respiratory therapist and two paramedics, Marys mom said. Mary was diagnosed in Detroit with having multiple aneurysms clustered in her brain.
n the past year, Windsor Regional sent 52 patients to Michigan hospitals, while Hotel-Dieu sent 47 to Detroit area hospitals.
(Excerpt) Read more at windsorstar.com ...
Firstly, I want my American friends to note what happens when government takes over health care. Not to go too far into the weeds but, some background. Windsor is in Canada, one mile south of Detroit. There is no pediatric neurosurgeon in Windsor so the girl could not be treated here. The current controversy involves a government sanctioned organization (Criticall) that is supposed to find a place for patients when there is no care available locally. Critical patients are transported by an air ambulance organization, also a quasi-government organization. This doctor had a patient who needed immediate care. He knew that a 30 minute wait while Critical decided what to do and another 4 hour round trip helicopter flight to London, Ontario would mean death for his patient. He cut through the government red tape, secured treatment in Detroit, and saved his patient.
This comes on the heels of a case where a nine year old girl died in a similar incident.
I hope my Canadian friends are as awestruck by the American hospital's response to the situation as I was. The Detroit hospital immediately sent a four person team to escort the patient back to Detroit for treatment. The little girl was operated on and she is recovering nicely. I'm not sure things work like this anywhere else in the world, except for how Israel treats Palestinian patients.
This is a very good example of what government health care causes. What will Canadians do when America finally succumbs completely to the socialist disease?
Seriously, with any luck some sense will come to our political leaders. There is no reason that people can't pay a small user fee for a doctor visit or a hospital stay or even an ambulance ride. Believe it or not, a $5 charge for all of these services would go a long way to relieving the situation.
A couple of comments:
GOD BLESS this doctor. He took a heavy risk against the bureaucracy to rescue this child.
Also GOD BLESS the medical team in Detroit. Detroit may get a lot of well-deserved knocks but in this case when it came to what was important, these folks stepped up.
So Canada paid for their citizen’s hospital bills? Then why can’t Mexico do the same? This would solve at least some of our problems - not that the communists in D.C. actually want this however....
It’s our own government that is against us. Although I guess there’s no point in saying this at FR since you all already know.
The key question here is "Will the doctor be punished?"
When I was born in 64 the total cost was only a couple hundred dollars.
I was wrong. My mother says the total hospital bill for my delivery was $80 in 1964.
That is $2,800 in today’s dollars. FYI
Did you have to yell up from the basement?
Fully expect the Canadian authorities to punish this man. I’d bet on it.
I probably would have died if I had my tonsils taken out at home. Apparently some late night bleeding sent me back into emergency surgery.
Yes, of course. After posting, the obvious answer that Canada would begin to encourage private medical services occurred to me. The socialization of America's health care is probably what it will take.
Harper could surprise, though.
I have, laying between my arms as I type, a hospital bill incurred by my Aunt in August of 1937. She was treated for appendicitis.
10 days at $4.00 per day, $40.00
Operating room, $15.00
Lab tests, $5.00
Unfortunately, the doctor’s and anesthesiologist’s bills did not survive in our family archives, so I don’t know what they were.
My Aunt lived 45 more years, so the care, at least in this case, was as good then as it is now.
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