Fraser Health To Investigate Treatment Of Sto:lo Woman At CGH – Reaction

Chilliwack -SEPTEMBER 25 UPDATE – First Nations Health Authority responded to a request for comment from FVN.

“Members of the First Nations Health Council Fraser Salish region were contacted by the family and advised of the culturally unsafe experiences of this event. As advocates for First Nations communities in BC, the FNHC members supported the family’s wishes in contacting the RCMP and Fraser Health to relay the traumatic experience and distress of the First Nations member, to find solutions, support healing, and ultimately avoid experiences like this taking place for any First Nations or Indigenous person in the Fraser Salish region and the province. This event highlights two things: the serious urgent need for culturally safe health and social services for First Nations peoples in BC; and the need for people who experience unsatisfactory care to continue to step forward and complain.”

Grand Chief Doug Kelly, Chair – First Nations Health Council​

SEPTEMBER 23, ORIGINAL STORY – After an September 22, 2017 article was published by APTN (Aboriginal Peoples Television Network) accusing staff at Chilliwack Hospital for failing to tend to a woman with injuries, because she was First Nations, FVN reached out to both Fraser Health and First Nations Health Authority.

In a nut shell, Eddie Julian  says his former wife, Mary Stewart was recently struck by a semi-trailer truck (the week of September 18) only to be allegedly kicked out of Chilliwack General Hospital not once but twice the same night.

Fraser Health says they will investigate.  RCMP have not responded to FVN’s request for a response.

The APTN story states:

Stewart, 55, was rushed to the hospital by ambulance where she was examined and x-rayed before a doctor released her. Despite her protests, Julian says a male nurse tried to pull her off a bed by her legs and into a wheelchair.

“She said, ‘I can’t move’,” Julian said, noting he was shocked to hear that.

He said she spent the night in the wheelchair in the pouring rain a block from the hospital after she and her companion where ordered out of the building a second time.

“They were going to wait out the rain before they went outside. A second nurse came and said ‘You have to leave. If you don’t we will call the cops on you.’”

Julian said the pair sought shelter in a covered area nearby with only a sheet over Stewart’s legs for warmth because her pants were cut off by paramedics. She didn’t have a ride or phone.

“Every crack in the sidewalk was excruciating for her,” Julian said. “She was in a lot of pain.”

The pharmacist at a drugstore sent her back to hospital the next morning where Julian says Stewart was diagnosed with multiple fractures, a broken femur and a crushed foot requiring surgery. She remained in hospital Friday, he said.

Fraser Health’s Nafisa Abdulla responded to FVN with a statement:

We are very sorry about the experience this patient had while being treated in our hospital, and this is certainly not the level of care we strive for.

What I can tell you is that after further examination of this patient’s test results, we realized she had been prematurely discharged, so we immediately reached out for her to come back to the hospital for treatment.

We also launched a review of what happened and continue to support her as she recovers from her injuries.

One of the ways we have been able to do this is through our Elder in Residence program.  The Elder in Residence provides guidance, counselling and support to patients, ensuring Indigenous perspectives and approaches to wellness are honoured in our hospital setting and incorporated into their care.  This patient has been supported by our Elder in Residence at Chilliwack General Hospital.

We are happy to provide more information about this, and other cultural awareness initiatives we have in the community.

Greg Eaton commented on the FVN Facebook page:  I used to work at CGH as a porter. During my time there, I saw things no person should see. Racial profiling is disgraceful and shows incompetence from CGH staff and RCMP that treated her on the first trip to the ER.

According to the APTN story, the driver of the semi-trailer truck has not come forward.

First Nations Health Authority is expected to release a statement on Monday.

1 Comment on "Fraser Health To Investigate Treatment Of Sto:lo Woman At CGH – Reaction"

  1. Remember that it’s not only First Nations ppl who are discriminated against. In 2013 I broke my knee but the doctors supposedly couldn’t read the x-rays properly so I didn’t find out until 3.5 months later that it was broken. By then, my knee had healed in a straight position so that now it doesn’t bend. Then 1.5 yrs later I broke my hip but the doctor (coincidentally the same doctor) again couldn’t read the x-rays properly so he told the nurses to send me home. For approx 30 minutes I argued with the nurses that there wasn’t any way that I could stand on my crutches because I could feel that my hip was NOT attached to my pelvis. The nurse knew that I wasn’t lying because he had treated me on many occasions so he knew that I would never stay if I didn’t have to. I repeatedly told him “if my leg would come with me, I will gladly leave but it feels like it’s not attached”. Finally after approx 30 minutes the doctor agreed to let me stay. When the surgeon saw my x-rays the next day, he said that even a lay person could have seen that my hip was broken & it required pins to put it back together. I am honestly sure that the doctor treated me like an addict because I was often in the hospital for issues with chronic pain. As I said, it was the same doctor who insisted that the nurses should send me home since he believed that I was faking the pain. Happily, I would never like to see that man again, not ever! And even when he was told that I have osteoporosis, he still treated me like an addict who was only after pain meds. So you see, it isn’t only First Nations ppl who are treated like they are only after drugs. Sadly, it isn’t only First Nations ppl who are treated like drug addocts, it happens to any person who needs constant pain meds! Btw, it’s been proven that I AM a chronic pain sufferer, not an addict!

    On another occasion, the hospital administrator out and out lied to both my mother and myself but she got away with it since I was too ill to do anything about it! So there is definitely a flaw in CGH’s program!

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