Multiple surgeries, infection and a rare disorder: First Nations woman questions her care in Manitoba – CBC

Last year Melodie Harper had her gallbladder removed, now she’s been diagnosed with an incurable condition

Nov 13, 2017

When Melodie Harper started to feel pain in her abdomen last December, she never thought it would lead to a year of surgeries, hospital stays and a rare diagnosis.

Now, the 38-year-old mother and wife from Garden Hill First Nation is asking for a review of her care to see if something could have been done differently, preventing similar outcomes for other people.

“I just feel like we could improve the services that are provided for people and I don’t want anybody else going through the things that I went through because it is extremely painful,” she said at a news conference at the legislature on Monday, accompanied by her husband, Liberal MLA for Kewatinook Judy Klassen, St. Theresa Point First Nation Chief David McDougall, who is also her uncle, and Garden Hill Chief Dino Flett.

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