Nunavut family calls for apology over hospital’s treatment of mother’s body – CBC

Oct 05, 2022

‘This was quite unusual and very disturbing,’ says Jeela Palluq-Cloutier

The daughter of an Igloolik woman who died in Iqaluit’s hospital says nurses tagged and wrapped her mother’s body in plastic in front of her — and then left her body in the morgue for nine days while the family waited to find out when her body would be sent home for burial.

Jeela Palluq-Cloutier, the daughter of Eunice Palluq, is calling for an apology from Nunavut’s health department over the treatment of Palluq’s body.

Eunice, 75, was medevac’d to Iqaluit from Igloolik in August. She died Sept. 13 of lung cancer.

In an Oct. 3 letter to Health Minister John Main, Palluq-Cloutier wrote that the family was grateful for the care she received at the Qikiqtani General Hospital, but “disturbed” by what happened after she died.

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