Woman who was trans­ferred from hospi­tal by taxi dies

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NEW WATER­FORD – The 92-year old woman who was trans­ferred from Glace Bay Hospi­tal to Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Hospi­tal by taxi, while show­ing signs of med­i­cal dis­tress, has died.

Stella Freda Young of New Water­ford, who went by Freda, died in pal­lia­tive care at the re­gional at 11:45 p.m. on Wed­nes­day.

On Oct. 1, her son, Joe Young, called an am­bu­lance for his mom be­cause she wasn’t feel­ing well and started throw­ing up. Freda had a his­tory of heart prob­lems and had a clogged heart valve.

They were taken to the Glace Bay Hospi­tal and ad­mit­ted to the emer­gency room. At 4 a.m. on Oct. 2, Freda was re­leased be­cause tests showed she hadn’t had a heart at­tack at that point.

While wait­ing for a taxi, Freda com­plained of chest and arm pain. The ER staff didn’t read­mit her for ex­am­i­na­tion and gave Joe the op­tion to be sent to the re­gional. He chose that.

At about 7 a.m. Glace Bay ER staff said they couldn’t send them by am­bu­lance and called a taxi. At the re­gional, she was ad­mit­ted to ER where the doc­tor con­firmed she had a heart at­tack some­time be­fore ar­riv­ing.

Joe thinks his mother might still be alive is she had got­ten faster med­i­cal at­ten­tion. He said he will con­tinue to look into the is­sue and press the govern­ment for changes to the health care sys­tem in Cape Bre­ton so another per­son doesn’t have to go through what his mother did.

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