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Morgan Moar-Campbell suffered brain damage when his breathing tube became dislodged, possibly during a STARS emergency flight from Brandon to Winnipeg.

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Morgan Moar-Campbell suffered brain damage when his breathing tube became dislodged, possibly during a STARS emergency flight from Brandon to Winnipeg.

Manitoba Health confirmed Wednesday the province has opened a critical incident investigation into the case of a Brandon toddler who was left brain-damaged after a STARS ambulance flight to Winnipeg ended in tragedy.

"This is being handled as a critical incident," Manitoba Health spokesman Glen Cassie said. "It was reported as such and it is being investigated as such."

Two-year-old Morgan Moar Campbell was flown to Winnipeg aboard a STARS helicopter ambulance May 2 for tests in the underlying reasons for a seizure the boy suffered at home.

Doctors at the Brandon Regional Health Centre put Morgan into an induced coma, which meant he couldn’t breathe on his own, requiring the insertion of a breathing tube.

That tube was discovered pulled out after the helicopter landed in Winnipeg. He was taken to Childrens Hospital and admitted to ICU.

Last week, he was removed from life support when a breathing tube was removed and he has been breathing on his own since.

His parents were told their son was deprived of oxygen for 30 minutes and the only part of his brain that is still working is the brain stem that regulates basic functions such as breathing.

Manitoba health care legislation provides for critical incident investigations as an extra level of scrutiny. Critical incident investigations are called when health services have unintended effects from death, disability, injury or harm, unplanned admission to hospital or unusual extension of a hospital stay. They are not the result of the patient’s underlying health conditions or from a known risk of the health service.

"Manitoba Health is leading the CI investigation because it involves a number of organizations, including two different RHA’s (regional health authorities) and STARS," Cassie said.

"Manitoba Health has received a report on the incident from STARS, and the matter is still open and under investigation."

 

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