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Family sues Ottawa over baby's death

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THE family of a Manitoba baby who died of a heart condition have filed a lawsuit claiming negligent medical care in a remote First Nations community.

Darylin Taylor was just nine months old when she was taken to a nursing station in Garden Hill First Nation, about 600 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg, in December 2009. Her mother, Vicky Little, claims her child was treated and released four times over a two-day period for various symptoms, including fever and diarrhea. She also claims a doctor who examined her daughter's chest claimed it was "good" and sent them home with medication.

However, Little said, she rushed her daughter back on Dec. 30 after her "eyes suddenly fluttered and then her lips turned blue." Darylin was pronounced dead at the nursing station. An autopsy revealed she had viral myocarditis, otherwise known as inflammation of the heart, according to a statement of claim filed this week.

Little is seeking unspecified financial damages -- which include funeral costs -- from the federal government.

 

-- staff

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 6, 2012 A9

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