Niagara Centre MPP Says Father and Grandfather’s Life Hangs in the Balance while Doctors are Overwhelmed with other Patients
An Urgent Plea to Ontario Health Minister from Niagara Centre MPP Jeff Burch
Posted August 9th, 2019 on Niagara At Large
An Open Letter from Niagara Centre MPP Jeff Burch to Christine Elliott, Ontario Minister of Heath , and toRob MacIsaac, President and CEO, Hamilton Health Sciences
Dear Minister Elliott and Mr. MacIsaac: Re: 59 Year old Welland man fighting for his life with golf ball sized brain tumour
I am sending this urgent letter on behalf of Dean Baker appealing on compassionate grounds to expedite life saving surgery to remove this brain tumour.
He is a husband, father of two children and three grandchildren. His family physician says the tumour must be removed and if not he will die. He has been to see his Neurosurgeon at Hamilton General Hospital and given no specific date for surgery, leaving him and his life in limbo.
Mr. Baker has been told that the doctors are overwhelmed with patients and limited hours in the operating room each month. He’s also been advised that his neurosurgeon has 53 patients ahead of him. Dean’s wife Anna has just had hip surgery and his two adult children have come home to be with their dad.
In an email to my office, he made it clear the impact this whole situation is having on him: “My life is definitely getting worse with headaches, seizures, shakes slurred speech memory loss and it is progressively feeling worse. I worry about it all the time. Over the weekend, I had crushing headaches and have had an increase in anti seizure medication. I don’t blame the doctors and staff; I blame government cuts to health care.”
Minister, I am hoping you can work with the administration at Hamilton General and Mr. Rob MacIsaac, President and CEO to arrange to have this surgery done as soon as possible since Dean’s life is hanging in the balance.
Sincerely Jeff Burch, MPP, Niagara Centre in Niagara, Ontario
NIAGARA AT LARGE encourages you to join the conversation by sharing your views on this post in the space following the Bernie Sanders quote below.
A reminder that we only post comments by individuals who also share their first and last names.
For more news and commentary from Niagara At Large – an independent, alternative voice for our greater bi-national Niagara region – become a regular visitor and subscriber to NAL at www.niagaraatlarge.com .