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Staff tried to revive Sinclair after being found unresponsive in ER

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Brian Sinclair was not breathing and his heart had stopped beating when nurses and doctors tried to revive him after he was discovered in the emergency department waiting room.

Health Sciences Centre nurse Kathy Collis told an inquest today looking into the death of Sinclair that the 45-year-old was rushed into the emergency department's resuscitation room on Sept. 21, 2008, after a security guard found him slumped over and unresponsive in his wheelchair.

Collis said she marked down on a charting form that Sinclair arrived at 12:50 a.m.

"He was not breathing," she said.

"No pulse present... In layman's terms, absence of heart rhythm, what TV says is a flat line."

Collis said after less than a minute of attempting to revive Sinclair he was pronounced dead at 12:51 a.m.

Sinclair died of a blocked urinary catheter and bladder infection.

The inquest has been told Sinclair was waiting in the waiting room for 34 hours and he may have died up to seven hours before he was discovered unresponsive.

Kevin.rollason@freepress.mb.ca

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