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A woman in the Health Sciences Centre waiting room tried in vain several times to have somebody check on Brian Sinclair, an inquest heard today.
Debbie McPhail-Abraham testified that both she and her husband told two nurses and a security guard at the emergency department on Sept. 20, 2008, to check on Sinclair but nobody acted on it.
She said it wasn't until she told a guard to "get off your ass and check this fellow" that a guard went with her to check Sinclair.
McPhail-Abraham, herself a nurse's aide for 35 years, said when the guard lifted Sinclair's chin "he was very blue." The guard rushed Sinclair into the treatment area of the emergency room, she said.
Later, during questioning by the lawyer representing the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and hospital, McPhail-Abraham admitted she wasn't positive if she used the "ass" comment with a guard or with her husband before talking to the guard.
"I guess at this point, five years later, anything is possible," she said after being asked if she had said, "Would you please come with me and check that man?"
McPhail-Abraham also said while she might be a bit unsure on times, she is sure about who she spoke to.
Sinclair arrived in the emergency department 34 hours before his death was discovered, but was never triaged or seen. The inquest has heard Sinclair might have been dead as long as seven hours before he was seen for treatment.
Sinclair died of a treatable bladder infection caused by the blocked urinary catheter. A doctor at a medical clinic had sent him to the ER by taxi to have the infection treated.