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Sinclair 'wasn't in significant distress', inquest told

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Brian Sinclair looked sick but not sick enough to receive emergency treatment a doctor told an inquest today.

Nadir Kharma, a doctor at the Health Sciences Centre who was at emergency as a patient on Sept. 20, 2008 just before 10 a.m., said he remembers the floor was cleaned underneath Sinclair.

"I remember a janitor moving him forward to clean some urine underneath," he said.

"He looked very calm. His chest was moving. He moved his chair. He vomited. These are signs of a living person.

"He just looked like someone chronically ill. He wasn't in significant distress."

Kharma said if he had thought Sinclair needed somebody to look after him immediately he would have talked to a nurse.

"I didn't do that because he didn't look in distress to me," he said.

Sinclair, 45, died on Sept. 21, 2008 while waiting in the HSC's emergency waiting room.

The inquest looking into his death has been told Sinclair waited 34 hours before being noticed as needing help.

The inquest was told Sinclair could have died of a treatable bladder infection - caused by a blocked catheter - up to seven hours before.

Kevin.rollason@freepress.mb.ca

 

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