Krystal Mousseau, 31, died Monday in Brandon, following an attempted medical transfer to an intensive care unit in Ontario due to a shortage of beds in Manitoba.
“My deepest condolences to Krystal’s family for the heartbreaking loss of our relationship,” Southern Chiefs Organization Grand Chief Jerry Daniels said in an email.
“We must do all we can to take care of them during this extremely difficult time.”
The province has not released any details regarding Mousseau’s death.
On Wednesday, Shared Health said a critically ill patient became destabilized as it was loaded onto a plane to be transferred to an Ontario hospital.
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“The patient was taken care of by the intensive care transport team and immediately returned to the home facility. We can confirm that the patient died the next day, ”said a spokesperson.
Manitoba COVID-19 patient dies after attempted transport to Ontario intensive care
Since May 18, 26 intensive care patients have been sent to 11 different Ontario hospitals (Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Ottawa, Sudbury, London, Windsor, St. Elgin, North Bay, Peterborough and Woodstock and Owen Sound) so that Manitoba continues to struggle with capacity issues.
Shared Health’s Chief Medical Officer of Emergency Response Services, Dr. Rob Grierson, is the last call to find out who is being transported out of the province.
“We are not taking this step lightly,” he said. “When we try to move people, we try to find patients where maybe only one body system has been affected and therefore we try to find patients who, as I said before, are as stable as possible. intensive care unit. “
Grierson said the patients were all carefully assessed by the intensive care team and added that detailed discussions were taking place between the patient’s sending and receiving teams.
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“When you manage intensive care patients, every step you take has to be carefully calculated,” he said. There are risks associated with every step of the way. “
Grierson added that a rapid deterioration in intensive care patients and COVID-19 is not uncommon and cannot be predicted whether they are in intensive care or in transport.
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“They can change very reasonably dramatically and so we’re sort of in a situation where we have a disease that we’re just learning about and it’s a little bit unpredictable,” he said. “So that adds a bit of risk to the circumstance. “
Mousseau is a member of the Ebb and Flow First Nation. The community organized a fundraiser to help Mousseau’s two children.
Indigenous peoples have been significantly affected by COVID-19, and health officials have said they regularly face more severe results after contracting the virus.
Dr. Marcia Anderson, leader of the Manitoba First Nations Pandemic Response Team, previously said First Nations people make up 40 to 60 percent of all patients admitted to intensive care units during the second and third waves.
First Nations people only make up about 10% of the population. 100 of the population of the province.
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“Among these First Nations members, currently two-thirds of them live outside First Nations communities, and mainly in urban areas. This is why it is so important to get our communities vaccinated both on and off reserve as soon as possible, ”said Anderson.
SCO said the death of the young mother is a tragic example of the harshness of the pandemic on First Nations people.“Not only did Krystal face decades of colonial health care inequities that First Nations people faced, but she was also being treated in the Manitoba Intensive Care Unit (ICU) system, which faces an unprecedented crisis. I pray that more lives will not be lost as a result of the dire situation Manitoba currently finds itself in, ”said Daniels.
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