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November 13

The emergency department at the Pugwash hospital is closed from 6 to 8 pm.

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A New Mother’s Worst Nightmare
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A New Mother’s Worst Nightmare

 

The MLA for Cumberland North says long ambulance times and waiting for an ambulance that never comes has become the norm for Nova Scotians. Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin recounts a mother’s story of a pregnancy gone wrong.

Lora Sonier of Fort Lawrence welcomed the birth of a baby boy on August 21, 2019 at 8:55 am at Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre. Shortly after his birth he was having difficulty breathing and maintaining normal oxygen levels.

“They knew there was something wrong right away and started to monitor his levels,” says Sonier. “After a few hours, they said it would be best for him to be moved to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Moncton.”

Baby Emmett was transported shortly after 12:30 pm by helicopter because there was no ambulance available. 

Lora was still in recovery after giving birth by c-section. Her husband travelled to Moncton to be with their child while she waited for an ambulance, which she was told would be available by 3:30. That ambulance never came!

“I knew then that it wasn’t ever going to come,” says Sonier. “I don’t think I can really describe my anxiety. I didn’t know if my son was okay, and I was waiting for an ambulance that wasn’t ever going to come.”

Every two hours, she was told it would be another two hours. By 10:30 pm her doctor finally gave her permission to leave with her husband in their own car.

Smith-McCrossin says this story is sadly one of many that speaks to the crisis in healthcare across the province.

The MLA said, “This woman missed precious bonding between a mother and her child - time she won’t ever get back.” Smith-McCrossin added, “The Liberal government needs to open their eyes and realize that ambulances are the difference between life and death. If there’s such a shortage that they can’t transport a mother separated from their baby, how can they explain what will happen when the situation is life or death.”

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Events This Week

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 10:00 AM

Walk 'n Talk at the Wentworth Community Centre. Click HERE for detail.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 3:00 PM

Teen Anime Club at the Oxford Library. Click HERE for details.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 6:00 PM

Pugwash Fire Department Toonie Draw, the 50/50 community fundraiser.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 6:00 PM

Brenda Atkinson's Brush with Life at the Oxford Riverside Gallery. Click HERE for details of opening night.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 7:00 PM

Bingo at the Peace Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion in Pugwash.

Thursday, November 14, 2019 7:00 PM

Bingo at the Wentworth Recreation Centre

Friday, November 15, 2019 1:00 PM

Canada Career Month Open House at Nova Scotia Works, CANSA in Amherst.

Friday, November 15, 2019 6:00 PM

Fun Night at the Malagash Legion. Pass the Ace, Jig the Joker, and board games.

Saturday, November 16, 2019 3:00 PM

Chase the Ace at the Pugwash Legion. Click HERE for details.

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