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Woman in ER waiting room reluctant to speak to staff about Sinclair

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Brian Sinclair's pants were wet and he smelled of urine while he waited for hours in the Health Sciences Centre's emergency waiting room.

Lakhwinder Pannu told an inquest today that she and a family member had to change seats in the waiting room on Sept. 19, 2008, because of the strong smell.

"It was coming from his pants," Pannu said.

"His pants were wet -- quite wet. And the smell was coming from there."

Pannu said she could smell the odour when she passed by the man.

Pannu said her family member was still in the emergency department the next day and so was Sinclair - with one change.

"His pants were dried off."

Pannu said she would have told hospital staff about Sinclair but she was worried it could have negatively affected her family member's treatment.

Sinclair, 45, died after waiting 34 hours in the waiting room without being seen.

The inquest has been told Sinclair -- who died of a treatable bladder infection caused by a blocked urinary catheter -- could have been dead up to seven hours before he was found.

Kevin.rollason@freepress.mb.ca

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Updated on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 1:18 PM CDT: corrects typo

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