Child with pneumonia waits nearly 40 hours in Ontario ER – CTV

Nov. 23, 2022

A four-year-old child with Down syndrome spent about 40 hours in an Ontario emergency room after coming down with a serious respiratory illness, something her mother calls “completely ridiculous” and “unacceptable.”

It was around 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 9 when Jasmine, a resident in the Woodbridge, Ont., area, said she called 911. Her young daughter’s fever would not break and she was throwing up every hour.

CTV News Toronto has agreed to only use Jasmine’s first name to protect her identity.

The pair was transported to Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital, a new facility that opened up to patients in 2021. The hospital has said in recent weeks it has been grappling with an influx of “sicker” patients, which has resulted in it operating at over capacity, particularly in their pediatric unit.

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