Daughter anxious about father's wait for critical biopsy in Winnipeg hospital

WINNIPEG — The daughter of an 81-year-old Winnipeg man says her father feels helpless and forgotten as he awaits a biopsy in a city hospital to determine if he has cancer.

Kathryn Braun is speaking out as her dad, George Myer, waits for the procedure to determine if a growth on his right lung is cancerous and spreading.

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Braun says the growth was discovered during MRI and CT scans done last September after her father had a fall.

He remained in hospital for three months and was discharged Dec. 19 but returned to Seven Oaks Hospital on Christmas Day after he became weak.

Braun says a two-and-a-half-day wait in the emergency room to be readmitted added to her father's frustration.

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority says in a statement that Seven Oaks was previously in contact with Myer and his family to review the timelines and care he received while in the ER.

"He (Myer) is being ignored and neglected. My dad doesn't have that kind of time." Braun told reporters Tuesday at the legislature.

"He sat there for almost 60 hours on a stretcher. He wasn't being repositioned, he was unable to move very well by himself. He had missed medications while he was in there."

She also said her father has diabetes and peripheral vascular disease and his health is deteriorating.

The family's concerns were brought to the attention of Manitoba Liberal health critic Jon Gerrard, who was with Braun when she met with the media. The MLA said a biopsy should have happened within two months of the hospital visit.

"The tissue diagnosis is absolutely critical for developing a care plan. It’s completely unacceptable that somebody should be sitting in limbo for this length of time."

Health Minister Cameron Friesen said in a statement his concerns are with the family.

"I have been assured the WRHA has made contact with the family and will continue to meet to ensure issues are addressed and Mr. Myer receives the appropriate care he needs," the statement reads. (CTV Winnipeg)

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