Whitehorse woman spending months in Vancouver for hemodialysis treatment – CBC

Nov 30, 2022

In-centre hemodialysis isn’t available anywhere in the Yukon

A kidney patient from Whitehorse who’s been in Vancouver for treatment since the summer says the lack of in-centre dialysis in the Yukon is “baffling.”

Nellie Njootli has been living with kidney problems her whole life. She had her first kidney transplant 20 years ago, when she was nine. Last summer, that kidney failed, and she was sent to Vancouver for treatment.

Since then, Njootli requires three hemodialysis treatments a week. She’s spent the past six months in Vancouver because there’s no in-centre dialysis in the Yukon. She hasn’t been able to come home to Whitehorse at all during this period.

“Being away from home and going through all of this has definitely been emotionally taxing,” Njootli said. “And not only that, but I’ve been here without an income since June. So it’s also been quite financially taxing as well.”

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/whitehorse-hemodialysis-njootli-1.6668701

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