Lawsuit alleges surgery delay at Winnipeg hospital caused permanent damage – CBC

Timothy Elke sues over surgery for blocked bile duct and subsequent treatment

Nov 17, 2022

A Manitoba man is suing the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and seven doctors after he suffered a series of medical problems in 2020, leading to his permanent disability.

Timothy Elke’s bowel was perforated during surgery to remove a blockage from his bile duct, and the doctors who treated him were negligent in his followup care, he alleges in a statement of claim filed with the Manitoba Court of King’s Bench on Nov. 8.

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and the Health Sciences Centre physicians involved failed “to appreciate that Timothy required immediate surgery to avoid the prolonged and permanent damages that he ultimately suffered,” the lawsuit says.

None of the allegations have been proven in court, and a statement of defence hasn’t been filed.

CBC News has requested comment from the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority but didn’t immediately receive a response.

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