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Chiefs call for inquest into woman's death in nursing station

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Lisa Tssessaze, 30, with burns she suffered in a house fire eight years ago in Lac Brochet.

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Lisa Tssessaze, 30, with burns she suffered in a house fire eight years ago in Lac Brochet.

Manitoba's northern aboriginal chiefs called for an inquest Tuesday after a disabled mother stopped breathing and died on the floor of a nursing station, despite pleas by phone from nurses to medivac the woman to see a doctor in Thompson.

She died on May 27.

The parents claim that the death of their daughter, Lisa Tssessaze, 30, was caused by negligence on the part of at least two doctors, one in Winnipeg who removed a tracheal tube that had been in place for eight years and another doctor in Thompson who denied nurses' pleas for a medivac flight. The first doctor failed to follow up and the second denied her medical care, chiefs said.

"I strongly believe if she had been sent out, if she had been given medical attention, I strongly believe she'd be here today," mother, Laura Tssessaze, said.

The parents attended a press conference with leaders from their Lac Brochet First Nation and northern Grand Chief David Harper to call attention to gaps in northern health centre and the deaths they blame on them.

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Updated on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 2:00 PM CDT: adds photo

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