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Yukon inquest finds that Blackjack death was an accident, makes 8 recommendations – APTN News

February 3, 2020

After nine days of testimony, a Yukon coroner’s jury determined that Cynthia Blackjack’s death during a medevac flight to Whitehorse was accidental.

The 29-year-old died of multiple organ failure due to hyper-acute liver failure, likely caused by acetaminophen poisoning.

The jury heard Blackjack went to the Carmacks Health Centre several days in a row leading up to her death and was treated for gastritis and instructed to find a ride to Whitehorse General Hospital.

When she returned to the health centre on Nov. 7, 2013, her condition had worsened and she was flown to Whitehorse but died in transport.

The coroner had originally decided not to call an inquest but a Yukon judge ordered the inquiry when the Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation went to court alleging systemic discrimination when providing health care services to Indigenous people.

Read More: https://aptnnews.ca/2020/02/03/yukon-inquest-finds-that-blackjack-death-was-an-accident-makes-8-recommendations/