July 6, 2015


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Brandon couple three weeks into vigil for toddler in coma

A young Brandon couple is three weeks into a bedside vigil over their two-year-old toddler, left in an oxygen-starved coma when something went wrong on a STARS air ambulance flight to Winnipeg.

The fate of Morgan Moar-Campbell is all the more traumatic since the boy with the easy smile and endless energy wasn’t even that sick to begin with, his parents said.

Morgan Moar-Campbell

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Morgan Moar-Campbell

"They told us when they took him that he’s in very good hands. And now we’re here and he’s brain damaged," his mother, Emily Moar, said Tuesday at the Winnipeg Children’s Hospital.

"It breaks my heart. I just can’t picture him like that because he was just a happy little boy," Moar said, her eyes tearing up.

Morgan is hooked up to a feeding tube in pediatric ICU at Children’s Hospital. He was switched off life support last week and while he can breathe on his own, every breath is a struggle.

Morgan had a seizure at home on May 2 and his parents got him to the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Without the proper diagnostic equipment, doctors decided to send him on to Winnipeg. To do that safely, they put Morgan in a medical coma that meant he couldn’t breathe on his own so they inserted a breathing tube.

No one expected the boy would never wake up again.

STARS medical director Dr. Doug Martin said he’s not free to discuss any details of the case. Instead, Martin read a statement Tuesday to say what happened to the boy is the focus of an internal investigation.

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