by Morley Evans
In July 2006, Terra Kilby was admitted to Humber River Regional Hospital for laparoscopic surgery to remove a small tumor in her colon. During the operation, the surgery was changed to a laparotomy. Terra was discharged with a leaking anastomosis. She collapsed in the bathroom of her home and died in the ER 12 hours after she had been discharged. She bled to death and was septic. Terra was 28.
Arnold Kilby, Terra's father, has tried for seven years to have the circumstances of his daughter's death reviewed so similar tragedies can be avoided in the future. His efforts have been frustrated. In Canada, "You pays your money and you takes your chances." Oh, that's right, Canadian Medicare is free. Canadians don't have to pay. Canadians are so lucky!
If something unpleasant happens to you, dear reader, it is just your tough luck. You will be swept under the carpet. No one in authority will be interested. They simply do not care. Nothing will be done to prevent similar things happening to others. No one will even say they are sorry, they aren't. They're happy as long as the money keeps rolling in.
"Colorectol" screening is the latest procedure being widely promoted by doctors in Canada. They have a constant stream of new medical products (with new jargon: colon+rectum="colorectol") that are supposed to keep everyone healthy. This one supposedly prevents cancer.
Canada prides itself on being a fine country where every Canadian enjoys quality free medical care. In fact, the Canadian medical system is extremely expensive and medical quality is abysmal. The Canadian medical system is collapsing, even as it grows like cancer.
The media helps cover up how huge the problem is while it reports the latest medical breakthrough every night along with one-in-three ads for pharmaceutical drugs that promise to cure your ills.
Terra is but one example. Don't let her die in vain. Demand better. Get healthy. Avoid doctors. Avoid hospitals. Your life depends on it.