This Winnipeg family was told their loved one was dying, but it wasn’t her in hospital – CBC

Woman’s family, 12-year-old daughter prepared to say goodbye when they noticed tattoos were missing

Mar 14, 2023

When Bianca Beauregard got a call last Friday that her sister was in a Winnipeg hospital following an overdose and wasn’t expected to survive, she says she was hysterical.

But hours later, after family members — including another of the woman’s sisters and the woman’s 12-year-old daughter — visited Health Sciences Centre to say goodbye, they discovered the woman on life support there wasn’t their loved one.

“My sister, she was saying goodbye and my family was in there doing a prayer, and she went to go hold my sister’s hand and [the woman] had none of the same tattoos that my sister had,” said Beauregard, who lives in Lethbridge, Alta. Beauregard said she received a number of calls from the hospital that day because she’s her sister’s next-of-kin.

She said her family then started showing hospital staff pictures to prove the patient wasn’t who they thought it was. Beauregard was listening by phone as the situation unfolded, she said.

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