After ‘nightmare’ medical ordeal, grandmother calls for review of Colville Lake’s health care – CBC

Laura Tobac says her grandson suffered needlessly because serious medical condition diagnosed too late

Jan 05, 2018

Christian Tobac began to suffer from back pain several days before Christmas.

The young man has fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and his grandmother, Laura Tobac, takes care of him. She says she first took him to the primary community care worker in Colville Lake, N.W.T., where he was given painkillers.

But after three days, he had no relief from the pain. Laura said she repeatedly called the nursing station in Norman Wells and the Inuvik hospital because she wanted a medevac arranged.

“We were begging the medical services in Inuvik hospital, but they just [said] that he just had a painful backache,” said Laura. “They said they couldn’t do anything.”

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