1 day after child’s death reported, provincial agency asks family to return medical equipment – CBC

‘I was totally flustered, not believing what they were asking,’ 12-year-old’s grandmother says

Aug 18, 2023

A Winnipeg grandmother says she got a phone call from a provincial employee asking for her grandson’s medical equipment to be returned just days after 12-year-old Caleb McKague died.

“I was totally flustered, not believing what they were asking,” said Theresa Jobse.

Jobse said a representative of the Materials Distribution Agency, which distributes medical items on behalf of the province, phoned on Aug. 9. The call came just one day after the family notified the province of his death, and four days after McKague died.

She said the employee had a list of medical items in the family’s possession, and asked that they be returned.

“My heart just about stopped,” she said. “I got really mad. I said, ‘how can you phone right now, at a time like this?'”

Jobse said the man on the phone said sorry, and told her he didn’t know the reason he’d been asked to get the equipment back.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/mda-asks-grieving-family-return-equipment-1.6939829

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