An old man with cancer faced medical incompetence in Manitoba

An old man with cancer faced medical incompetence in Manitoba, Iryna Chyrkova

The 81-old Manitoba resident was diagnosed with lung cancer in September but he is still waiting for a biopsy and the official confirmation of his diagnosis.

George Myer’s daughter, a nurse from East Saint Paul, is very concerned about the situation because for several months her family has been waiting for confirmation of the diagnosis and treatment prescription for her father.

"My dad feels that he is being forgotten about, he's being ignored and neglected," Kathryn Braun said at a news conference with Liberal MLA Jon Gerrard at the Manitoba Legislature on Tuesday. "He thinks it's because of his age, and … that they're just kind of writing him off."

Moreover, after being diagnosed in September, the man should have had several consultations with the doctors, which were canceled. The health authority wants to meet the family to discuss the outrageous situation.

"The health and the well-being of our loved ones is deeply important to all of us, and we empathize with Mr. Myer and his family," the city representative wrote in an email.

"My thoughts are with the family during this difficult time," Health Minister Cameron Friesen wrote.

A medical doctor and an MLA Gerrard explained that such a situation does not have the right to exist when it comes to human health.

"That tissue diagnosis is absolutely critical for developing a care plan," Gerrard said. "Myer doesn't even have a medical oncologist guiding this through, because there is not a tissue diagnosis."

Despite the lack of the official confirmation of the diagnosis, Myer suffers great weakness and pain. Kathryn Braun says that their family is completely broken up and hopes for a positive result after the problem was made public. Her father deserves respect and dignity.

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