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Doctor who tried to revive Sinclair says 'he had been dead for at least hours'

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An emergency room doctor tried to revive Brian Sinclair until realizing the man had been dead for hours.

Dr. Travis Minish, an emergency doctor at the Health Sciences Centre told an inquest today that Sinclair was rushed into the department's resuscitation room shortly after midnight on Sept. 21, 2008.

But Minish said the normal procedure changed when he realized he couldn't insert a breathing tube into the man's mouth.

"His jaw was clenched close," he said.

"I felt the patient's chest with my hand and the chest felt cool."

Minish said when they checked the rest of Sinclair's body they saw signs of blood pooling in his lower areas.

"That's when we realized Mr. Sinclair had been dead for some period of time. We stopped working on him.

"He had been dead for at least hours."

Later, David Grant, who was at emergency while a family member was being treated, testified he told hospital security twice that Sinclair had thrown up in the waiting room.

Grant said he noticed Sinclair was "obviously distressed" and he believed he was blind.

"He didn't seem to focus on anything. His eyes looked essentially glazed over."

Grant said Sinclair "spewed" vomit over himself and on floor instead of bowl given him.

At the time Sinclair had been in the waiting room about 20 hours.

Grant, who was in the waiting room for more than three hours, said Sinclair moved in his wheelchair, as well as moving his wheelchair.

Sinclair, 45, died of a bladder infection caused by a blocked urinary catheter.

The inquest has been told Sinclair waited 34 hours in the emergency waiting room and had been dead up to seven hours before security officers were notified by other patients.

 

Kevin.rollason@freepress.mb.ca

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Updated on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 11:38 AM CDT: Updates with comments from Grant

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