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Wendy Saric

Chief of Nisichawayasihk - Cree Nation demands answers from BRHA - GRN staff
Chief Jim Moore of the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nations is demanding to know why the Burntwood Regional HealthAuthority is failing First Nationsin their delivery of health care forthe Burntwood area.“There have been many reports lately by First Nation members about the incompetence and negligenceof the BRHA and instead of taking responsibility for the state of health delivery in the BRHA region, BRHA senior management seem to be attempting to sweep the mess under the carpet and continue with the statusquo,”charged Chief Moore.“One of the more glaring and tragic examples of the incompetenceand negligence is that of Wendy Saric,” Moore went onto say. Wendy Saric, a member ofNCN, is 33 years old and has two children.“Wendy has been going to the Thompson General HospitalEmergency since 2004 for breathing problems. Wendy was continually treated with asthma medication and antibiotics for years even though she continually requested an x-ray be done. Visit after visit she returned with the same symptoms and no tests were ordered to determine a diagnosis. Wendy was stereo-typed, treated with disrespect and denied medical diagnosticsfor years,” Chief Moore alleges.According to the NCN, the facts of Saric's case are as follows:When x-rays were finally done onFebruary 11, 2009, Wendy had amass the size of a football inher chest. She was flown to theHSC in Winnipeg on February 13,2009 and HSC confirmed thatWendy had Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Cancer Large B-Cell.The mass they found in Wendy’s chest cavity was 10 cm. x 10 cm.and as they were doing scans,they found more cancer on herpancreas and left ovary (the cancer
metastasized or spread). She was admitted to HSC on February13, 2009 and released on March 5,2009. On December 09, 2009, she found out that the cancer had spread to her brain. Wendy had chemotherapy and radiation for 7months. Immediately after the radiation, Wendy started gettingheadaches. She told her doctors about her headaches and anotherCT scan was done. On October 9,2009, she did 20 rounds of radiationdirectly on the brain.“Wendy is now losing weight rapidly and needs assistance and compassion from everyone.”Chief Moore states that he is also concerned about the treatment Wendy received from First Nations Inuit Health (FNIH) and Northern Patient Transportationthat falls under the jurisdiction of the BRHA. Chief Moore feels these agencies must look at the needs of the people before they make decisions based on the bottom-line.“Canada exists because of the Treaties signed with the First Nations. These treaties are still not fulfilled and many of our rights are being eroded orignored. Health and education are guaranteed to us through the treaties. Canada took the fiduciary responsibility to always lookafter us. These rights must be delivered, not as hand-outs; but as Canada's legal responsibility to provide these services in a grateful and humane way. In a way that reflects the gratitude of the Canadian citizens for the First Nations generosity in sharing and allowin Canada the use and benefit of our lands,” Moore said. Finally, Chief Moore stated, “It is time all stakeholders stood up and took theresponsibility to demand an investigation.It is not time to try and cover-up what hashappened by muzzling relatives of whistleblowers.We should be thankful that thereare people who are willing to stand up for our rights. We must be accountable to our citizenship to ensure improvements and corrections are made.”

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