Sick Ontario preschooler airlifted 350 km from home due to full local hospital – CTV

Dec. 13, 2022

An Ontario mother says her son’s recent experience in Ontario’s packed pediatric health-care system has left her and her family terrified.

Last month, the Simcoe, Ont. mother’s four-year-old son, Remy, was airlifted to Kingston General Hospital – some 350 kilometres from home – following a near fatal-sepsis infection.

“When your kid gets a fever this is not where you expect to end up,” an emotional Stephanie Rutherford told CTV News Toronto in an interview.

Normally, Remy would have been rushed to McMaster Children’s Hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit (ICU) in Hamilton, Ont. for treatment, but it was full.

Doctors at the Rutherford’s local hospital, Norforlk General, originally thought the preschooler had a viral infection and sent him and his mom home with Tylenol and Advil.

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