After 15 years, Iqaluit elder quits Ottawa medical care to die at home – CBC

Mar 01, 2019

Oqittuq Etuq returned home to Iqaluit this week to die surrounded by friends and family after he’d spent 15 years alone in Ottawa receiving dialysis treatment.

Etuq was diagnosed with kidney disease in 2003 and the next year he was sent to Ottawa for treatment because the treatment he needed is not offered in Nunavut.

His niece Eva Groves said the years away were very hard on Etuq, who was 73 years old when he passed away Thursday morning at the Qikiqtani General Hospital.

“He missed his home, his family. His whole world was here in Iqaluit,” Groves said in Inuktitut.

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