UPDATE: Family suing QEH, doctors hold emotional news conference

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Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown

The parents of a baby girl who is suing four emergency room doctors from the QEH and the province held a news conference this morning in Charlottetown.

Melissa Driscoll and Danny Roche shared an emotional account of their statement of claim, filed in P.E.I.’s Supreme Court in June. They allege their daughter Emma Roche, now 2, sufferedsevere brain damage after receiving improper medical care at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown in early 2011.

None of their allegations have been proven in court.

But that didn’t stop Driscoll, Roche their lawyer Raymond Wagner from Halifax and family friend Martie Murphy from detailing their side of the story.

About 80 friends and family attended the press conference. A large screen displayed photos and videos of a happy, healthy baby girl – images captured before she fell ill on Jan. 30, 2011 and was taken to the QEH.

Emma now has severe brain damage, has no ability to move on her own and can only eat through a feeding tube that has been surgically implanted into her stomach.

In a statement of claim filed June 27, Emma Roche's parents alleged the doctors and the government, through the QEH, were negligent in the girl's treatment.

Dr. Kate Ellis-Ghiz, Dr. Pauline Champion, Dr. Peter Noonan and Dr. Mitchell Zelman are the physicians who treated Roche during several visits to the hospital over a two-day period.

Ellis-Ghiz is Premier Robert Ghiz's wife.

The statement of claim alleges Emma, who was less than one year old at the time, was exposed to a sick child in January 2011.

For all of the doctors named in the claim, it alleged they were generally negligent in the care they provided Emma and that her care was below the standard of an emergency room on-call doctor. The claim also alleged the hospital's employees, servants and contractors were negligent in the medical services they provided Emma.

The plaintiffs are seeking an unspecified amount in damages.

In its statement of defence, the government said it provided a reasonable and appropriate level of care to Emma at all times. It also said any injuries Emma suffered were because of decisions, treatments and procedures explained to the plaintiffs, to which they consented. The statement of defence said any injuries suffered weren't because of negligence.

It went further in saying any injuries were a result of the plaintiffs' negligence, including exposing Emma to a sick child and failing to take all precautions to prevent the spread of the illness to her. The statement of defence alleged the plaintiffs failed to provide a complete medical history and didn't follow medical advice or recommended treatment.

Although the doctors haven't filed their defence yet, they have filed a notice of intent to defend, which gives them extra time.

None of the allegations have been proven in court.

 

The Guardian will have much more on this story in the print-edition of the newspaper on Saturday.

 

Organizations: Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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  • EffortsforEmma
    September 03, 2012 - 08:09

    http://www.effortsforemma.com

  • Somewhere....
    September 01, 2012 - 10:33

    Without knowing the whole story, I'll reserve judgement until a verdict is reached. However, I find it odd that, "The statement of claim, filed June 27, alleges Emma was exposed to a sick child in January 2011. She was eight months old at the time" (from the Guardian http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/News/Local/2012-08-31/article-3065627/Family-living-nightmare-mother-says/1 ). Can it be proven that it was the QEH and its Dr's that exposed this child to another sick child? Have the parents never had this child around other children (or adults for that matter) in her 8 months prior to their trip to the Emrergency room? Or even in the days prior to their initial visit. This seems like a rather thin argument to me. It's always been my experience that there are three sides to every story,,,,,,my side.....your side....and the truth. May the truth prevail

  • grammar, police
    September 01, 2012 - 09:36

    The misplaced comma in this headline makes it sound as if the doctors were holding an emotional press conference.

  • JUST AN OPINION
    September 01, 2012 - 08:49

    By bringing this story forward there can be some good come out of it. It is about time that the people spoke and were really heard by the govt, the medical community ,and time things took a change for the better. The good and skilled medical personnel we have here must be just as devastated as the rest of us when and where terrible and careless events seemed to have occurred, however, if they suspect someone is questionably not up to the task or competent enough, then they have an unwritten duty to speak up . Don't they? Even if it a "friend". Try putting the shoes of the patients on. We are all individuals. We should be seen in a non judgemental fashion , and we all deserve respect that you too deserve.We are individuals. Try not to label .You are all human like we are. But if there is someone seemingly not up to their job description, please deal with it.Speak up to Admin or the Medical Society or whomever. Be patient proactive, please. Drs and nurses stated opinions probably has more pull and influence to be taken seriously imo. Thanks. Every occupation probably employs some who may be marginal. My guess =Medicine is no different.

  • Tanya Barnett
    September 01, 2012 - 07:23

    Preventable medical error claims more than 24,000 Canadians each year (and that at an acknowledged reporting rate of 3-6%), and in the States, medical error is the leading cause of death. It angers me that more is not being done to stem the tide of death by medicine. I have walked where this family is walking, the only difference is that my daughter died. On the cusp of adulthood, and a month before graduation, 17 year old Jess died of medical error after 4 years out-patient treatment at the IWK in Halifax. We sued and won (which doesn't happen often) with the defense lawyers calling it one of the worst cases of medical malpractice they had seen in a long time.We have been very vocal over the last 5 years in raising awareness of medical harm, Jess' video of her ill-fated journey through healthcare is part of our efforts. Please honour Jess by viewing and sharing it, and signing our medical error petition so we can help all those who are destined to follow Jess. http://youtu.be/t6mr3gxXx64 www.projectjessica.ca Healthcare does more good than harm, physicians never want bad outcomes, but bad outcomes are a big part of the patient experience, and healthcare must begin to acknowledge the high rate of medical error, for as the old saying goes; you can fix what you don't acknowledge. If the Driscoll family reads this, please feel my arms around you all, and if I can help, to guide you or just to listen, know I'm willing and able. Tanya - Jess' mom, now and forever

  • AL
    August 31, 2012 - 23:13

    This is such a heart breaking story. As parents we all have moments where we feel the need to hug our babies a little tighter & think, "my God, that could have been us". This really could have been my family & the fact that the circumstances that brought my family in to see one of the named doctors occurred less than 24hrs after poor Emma went into cardiac arrest...well that just sickens me!! It sickens me that we were completely blown off by one of those doctors and sent home with a 20mth old child that was desperately sick with terrible vital signs! We sought a second opinion a short time later at another hospital, but, if we weren't both in the medical field, we may have simply brushed it off as being over anxious parents. Instead, within minutes of arriving at the other facility, our child was receiving medication, oxygen & a battery of tests were being run...we were quickly referred to a pediatrician, who consulted with an RT & IWK. We received top notch care for our very sick child & a week later, we were returning home with a much healthier & happier child. It is obvious that the doctor we encountered at the QEH did not learn anything from Emma's case...otherwise, less than 24hrs later, he might have been a bit more cautious & less eager to ship us out the door! This family will not "get rich quick"! I can only imagine the expenses they will encounter throughout Emma's life...including the fact that they are presumably unable to work because of her level of dependence! Kudos to this family for taking a stand...REGARDLESS of who the doctors are that are involved! It could have happened to how many other families?!? And all because doctors are often in too much of a hurry & feeling a little too important for their own damn good! No matter what any of the "conspiracy theorists" have to say, this family has just shared their immense pain & grief with the public...not to get rich quick, but to make these doctors accountable & to possibly help save one single family from living the nightmare they live every single day! Kudos to the parents for having the balls to stand up & say that they deserved better & so do all islanders! May the Lord bless your entire family & support system, may you find strength in each other and from the support of strangers. May you find comfort in knowing that you are fighting for you baby girl. It won't be an easy fight, but you've already shown your strength as parents.

  • AMAZED
    August 31, 2012 - 22:19

    Martie Murphy??? Nuff said.

    • Cheddy
      September 01, 2012 - 08:05

      Life of young human being destroyed. Nuff said.

  • Seriously.
    August 31, 2012 - 22:00

    Ghiz, is that you? If you're not Ghiz, you really need to somehow gain a different perspective in life. Volunteer. Go for more walks. Donate to charity. Have a family. Have a loved one permanently changed due to neglect by those we need most at times. Actually, don't try the last one. I wouldn't wish that kind of sadness on anybody.

  • Courtney
    August 31, 2012 - 21:48

    Isn't it also possible that they think that's going to be an important factor in this case? I think it is. Robert Ghiz from what I hear has some pull around here. In the rare case that these doctors don't get sued like crazy, I think I'll worry about this being a reason.

  • Nate
    August 31, 2012 - 21:03

    I've always said that PEI is a beautiful place to live but heaven forbid you get sick.

    • Do not live on PEI
      September 01, 2012 - 04:19

      I agree with you about if you get sick, there is poor health services available on PEI. But, you do not want to live here for many of the reasons one can see by reading some of these posts who have blamed the victims, lashed out at friends who have supported a grieving family, condemned lawyers who are brave enough to hold a powerful, corrupt system responsible, newspaper who dares to report a horrendous tragedy and so on. The PEI health system is one of the worst in the country. This family is devastated. For those who are questioning the motives of the family,their supporters and friends, is cruel and inhuman.

    • Agreed
      September 01, 2012 - 08:45

      Amen.

  • Socrates
    August 31, 2012 - 21:02

    Most I have seen "Just About Emma" is people criticizing the Drs, "Without knowing all the facts" as you say,Just About Idio..I mean Emma, Uh the ones who held the press conference with 80 friends and family members, the ambulance ch...I mean lawyer from halifax, did all the talking, was "the family" Just About Stu...Emma" The hospital has been silent, other than to say they will defend themselves. But then you wouldn't understand dum...I mean Just about emma, you just go ahead and do what you criticized others for.

  • Reality
    August 31, 2012 - 20:24

    These parents are grieving terribly. What a difficult situation to be in for them. As parents, we all try to make the best decisions for our children. I also believe that most doctors try to make the best decisions for their patients. Without knowing both sides of this case, there as still some truths: 1) This is a tragic situation, and the parents are completely within their rights to file a lawsuit. Their grief and devastation would be enough of a motivation to pursue legal action. Where else would you direct your anger and sadness in this situation? 2) After a situation like this, an inquiry into the provided care is important to see if due diligence was performed, and if any positive changes can result for future patient care. 3) It is completely inappropriate for hospital lawyers to place blame on the parents. If you were trying to help yourself in a lawsuit this is a terrible route to pursue.

  • JUST AN OPINION
    August 31, 2012 - 20:13

    First of all kudos to the family for having the stamina and strength to obtain an OFF ISLAND lawyer! Best move ever. Good luck. Put yourselves in the families shoes, even for a few minutes. It is their beautiful child whose life has been so compromised. Believe it or not ,and, despite the greed we see everyday in the media here, this family may be doing the legal route for principle and money to cover their childs care.They may save someone elses life down the road by doing so.They may make a positive difference for others in the end. I was told I may save someones life if I sued when one of these doctors failed me miserably. Told by an RN who knew this doctor and was familiar with the physician.Since I was pretty ill, and my case thought to be malignant ,I had neither the time, capacity , money,or strength to sue. My concentration was to get well and get well rid of this Doctor. Since then, I have heard other tragic stories and accounts. And I have heard enough to know that some Doctors are just not Gods and some Doctors just aren't inclined to be doctors. And some have not the skills nor caring attitude imo and experience. It sounds to me like Dr Zelman may have come into this scenario when things were already a disaster. If that's the case its unfortunate for him. Blaming the patient is an old song, and the record is scratchy and worn. Best of luck to the family and esp Emma. It is a sad scenario.

  • Sylvia
    August 31, 2012 - 20:06

    I support this family in what they're doing. I wish I would have had the energy to sue in 2010 when a surgeon that I trusted operated on my husband for hernia and missed his appendix. After he came home, much too soon, his appendix ruptured and he ended up having 5 more surgeries. He almost died, was put in induced coma, spent total of 2 months in C.C.U., surgery floor, and rehab. Nurses had to come to our home for almost 2 months to take care of his incision which wouldn't heal because he was so full of infection. When I asked surgeon at post-op checkup how the appendix was missed, he answered "nothing was mentioned in emergency about the appendix". That's all the answer I got, no apology. My husband was left with an incision that I'm sure a butcher could have done a better job. When my husband was in C.C.U., I was prepared for plan for a funeral. I hope this family wins their case.

  • Family Friend
    August 31, 2012 - 20:01

    Share this on Facebook, spread this story lets make an example, lets finally beat the unbeatable, lets beat the system. This little girl deserved better she deserved to live her life like every other girl her age, and these people are suppose to be professionals, mistakes happen i understand that, but i no the heart breaking story I heard it several times, and i personally no how many trips this family took to the hospital, I seen the tears for months in this family's eyes. All i can say is what would these people do if they were under the same circumstances??????? Own up to your mistake's and god will forgive!!!

  • Joe Martell
    August 31, 2012 - 19:50

    All you people making this a political issue because there's a Ghiz involved really need to give your heads a shake. Seriously? These parents have experienced a dramatic 180 degree turn with their daughter's health and you REALLY think this is only about Martie Murphy out to get Robert Ghiz??? Put yourself in the shoes of Melissa and Danny and after you think about that for a bit, maybe then you'll see how outrageous the Ghiz factor really is. Geez people, get a grip.

  • JUST ABOUT EMMA
    August 31, 2012 - 19:14

    To those who are condemning this family without knowing anything at all about the events other than the few details you have been given, there is more.....much, much more. A few of you have tried to make it about politics and have chosen a few bits and pieces of the story to try to make some kind of point. Why I don't quite understand. Martie Murphy, a friend of the family for many years was there, who cares? She should have been there, she is their friend. This story is about a tragedy that should never have happened to a little girl named Emma and her family. It is about the daily struggle to keep her healthy and 24/7 dedication of her family to improve her life. The attempt to put the perception out there that the family was negligent was so far off base it would be laughable if it wasn't so disgusting and tragic. Live a day of their life! As far as I am concerned the hospital realized they have no defense and they are grasping. It may just blow up in their faces when the facts come out. All I have left to say is " if you only knew......"

  • Tragic
    August 31, 2012 - 18:04

    Everything about this is tragic. It is tragic that this innocent, beautiful girl and her loving family have had to endure such hardship. It is also tragic that these four competent, dedicated, caring physicians are facing such public disdain. My sympathies to both the family of sweet Emma and to the four physicians.

  • Necessarily Anon
    August 31, 2012 - 17:16

    Exactly what is the purpose of a news conference in a private lawsuit?And what purpose does it serve to identify the Premiers wife? Guardian, grow up and out of the old mindset, be a real newspaper, not a schill.

    • A tragic event
      September 01, 2012 - 03:57

      The Guardian, like other news agencies, reported on a tragic event that destroyed a family. In communist countries, they wouldn't be permitted to do this- It is also a story of a continued failing health care system on PEI. I always wondered why the people would continue to accept such a poor health care system and not voice any real opposition to this. Now I understand, blame the victims and any news agency that dares to speak out.

  • Donnie
    August 31, 2012 - 17:14

    Not shocked at all, it's a miracle you get out of the QEH alive sometimes. As for "quick payday for the parents" like hell, it's drag on for years and the lawyers will be the one's in the best position to get paid at the end of the day. I hope the parents well and a victory, if the QEH was sued every time they were negligent, the province might see fit to give them an appropriate level of funding to provide medical care. Since it won't, and the money it is saving is costing lives, I hope they get some compensation for what's essentially the loss of a healthy child.

  • Rethink?
    August 31, 2012 - 17:04

    Blaming the parents may not be a smart move imo

  • Health professions need to be accountable
    August 31, 2012 - 16:57

    This is a heartbreaking story, thoughts with this family. The doctors and hospital need to be held accountable. Finally, people are beginning to hold PEI accountable for what they do to others.

    • PEI needs to be held accountable
      September 01, 2012 - 02:15

      Agreed! PEI needs to be accountable for all the harm it does to others!! PEI has harmed many people, re-victimized, and silenced many of its victims! Enough!! This is a huge tragedy for this family! There needs to be some justice for the harm of this innocent child!

  • Islander
    August 31, 2012 - 16:56

    I support the Driscoll and Roche family! You can't protect your child from every airborne disease! .. Are you supposed to put your child in a bubble until they're 18!?

  • Why
    August 31, 2012 - 16:55

    Why sue Dr.Zelman, he was the doctor who got her heart beating again! Would you have rathered he did nothing and let her die! This does not make any sense!

    • Courtney
      August 31, 2012 - 21:49

      Seriously?

  • Accountability
    August 31, 2012 - 16:52

    I feel such sadness for this family and this poor child. We count on our doctors to know what they're doing and we trust their medical diagnosis. Unfortunately something was obviously overlooked when this child went to the QEH and she will now never be able to live independently because of the lack of appropriate care she received. Shame on the doctors for trying to blame the parents. The doctors should be held accountable for their poor decisions and the appropriate consequences enforced. I suggest that this family also contact the PEI Medical Society and file a formal complaint in addition to the lawsuit.

  • Martie Again?
    August 31, 2012 - 16:48

    When I read the article and saw that Martie Murphy was part of the press conference I really began to question the motive of this lawsuit. Just remember the last set of allegations that Martie Murphy was part of - those three women who made wild allegations regarding PNP bribes during the last election (having seen a copy of those allegations I know that some, if not all, of them are wrong). Is this just another attempt by Martie to try to attack the Liberals? It is a tragedy that a 2 year old girl has severe brain damage but is somebody actually at fault? Most doctors make the best diagnosis based on the information available to them and what may start out as one illness can develop into something else. Everytime somebody has a sore throat and a cough does not mean they need to be admitted to the hospital in case something else develops. In the original story, Dr. Mitchell Zelman was reported as the doctor who was able to get Emma breathing after she stopped breathing - amazing that somebody who does something good gets sued - guess I will stop holding doors open for people or letting people change lanes on the roads.

  • No Happy Ending
    August 31, 2012 - 16:30

    No matter what the outcome of this terrible tragedy, nobody will be pleased with the results. There will be no financial gain to a family who will have to raise a child with constant medical needs, etc and will have to have 24/7 care for her. And these physicians will have their names dragged down by commentary of those less affected by this case. What a shame! And in the middle of all this is a little girl who will never get to participate in all the joys of growing up. And two parents who will never get to see their little girl flourish and develop they way they deserve. I have seen all four of these physicians at one point or another for myself or my children and I trusted their opinion. Dr. Zelman was called in when I delivered my second child and he was incredibly patient and kind as I was terrified that something had gone wrong. He was very reassuring and even came back to check on us both the next day. I hope for the best possible outcome for all involved.

  • to Yay or Nay
    August 31, 2012 - 16:27

    Zelman might have been named because he had contact after the fact? Trouble may be that once one medical professional slaps a label on you, others may not look beyond that. That can be quite dangerous imo Remember the man who died and his family placed a description of what he went through in the Guardian a few years ago? He was told he was depressed by his MD and then the other Doctors, when in fact he had pancreatic cancer!Terrible. Labelling patients is dangerous.

  • Greg from Brackley
    August 31, 2012 - 16:24

    Omg I thought once the closures were over that we were finally done with Martie Murphy.....Guess not The only victim here is poor Emma(stay strong sweetheart)

  • Truth seeker
    August 31, 2012 - 16:16

    This is an extremely sad story. May the truth prevail.

  • don
    August 31, 2012 - 16:13

    how long was she without oxygen when she went into code blue? she will only have a few min it is said 4-6 min then Irreversible brain damage. so how long was she with out air.but when they went back and was not happy why not call 911 and have ems take her to PCH if they did not trust qeh ?

  • have an open mind
    August 31, 2012 - 16:11

    Wagoners as alaw firm have gained areputation for class action suits..they make most of their money that way..what happened to this child is very sad..extremely so..but to stage a show with an audience,videos and all ..this is professionally staged.... for dramatic affect..but remember all parties are innocent until found by a court of law to be at fault..one must have an open mind until the facts are presented and proven.........until then this is just adog and pony show......everyome deserves afair hearing and adefence....if this child was damaged for life as the result of unprofessional response these people deserve what is need to support that child for life.....for now cut the dramatics....for shock purposes.

  • Islander
    August 31, 2012 - 16:04

    OK, when you make the decision to take a child or yourself to an ER, you must know that you are being exposed to many other illnesses. It is a tragedy that this little girl got so sick and it affected her so terribly, but I do not see these Dr's or the QEH as being at fault. It is an interesting group of Dr's that they are attempting to sue - the Premier's wife (what do none of the other people in their law suit have spouses?!), and one of the best pediatricians in Canada. I really do think that this is a get rich quick scheme by these people. And even more interesting is that "family friend" Martie Murphy is part of this (a strong Conservative who ran in the last election and was defeated by a member of Premier Ghiz's government). She couldn't stop Ghiz, so now she will go after his wife.

  • Let's be reasonable
    August 31, 2012 - 15:51

    As tragic as this story is, no reasonable person could conclude that four doctors, two of which are pediatricians, all failed to give this child the proper medical attention required. As a parent my heart breaks for this family, but not every bad thing that happens, means someone is to blame. Dr. Zelman was great with our daughter, we are fortunate to have specialists like him on PEI. All doctors have an extremely tough job. It has been my experience that most do everything they can to ensure their patient's welfare. Also according to the article it was Dr. Zelman that saved this girls life by getting her heart restarted. Now that she has severe brain damage some might question that decision but he fulfilled his oath by trying to save her life. Before judging these doctors, based only on a news conference that was obviously designed to tarnish their reputations, I hope people will allow them to tell their side of the story. Also, how exactly is the government responsible?

  • ignorrance is bliss
    August 31, 2012 - 15:46

    Dear Greg- How dare you!!!!!! If you knew anything about these people and the situation- you would know it is about doing right by Emma and the hope that no other parents have to endure what this family continues to encounter on a daily basis and into the future. What you fail to see in your narrow minded "opinion" -(and I'm being generous saying it is an opinion) is that there is now a very , very sick little girl who could use all the support and well wishes that can be sent her way- Not ignorant- baseless views by someone of your obviously low intelligence.

  • sad
    August 31, 2012 - 15:27

    this does not shock me at all!

  • Greg from Brackley
    August 31, 2012 - 15:21

    Shame on these parents who just appear to be looking for a quick payday

    • Blaming the victim
      August 31, 2012 - 17:00

      Shame for blaming the victim. Same strategy that this gov't does to those who hold them accountable for the horrible things that are done to people on the Island! There is not enough money to undo the damage!

    • Really?
      August 31, 2012 - 17:17

      Seriously? These parents are trying to make the doctors and medical staff that failed to care for their daughter properly pay for their mistakes. These parents can no longer work and their daughter requires constant 24 hour a day care, which if you've ever been in a situation to provide is very hard on someone who loves another that they must care for medically. It is draining and exhausting, and if you want even a few hours break to take care of other responsibilities (that don't go away just because you are now caring for someone!), it is costly and difficult to find someone capable and qualified to care for the child you love more than anything. It Is quite a statement to accuse these parents of being in it for the money! They have been through hell and back, all because of some seriously negligent and incompetent ER doctors. Not surprisingly our premier's wife is at the top of that list; how does the expression go- birds of a feather....? My thoughts and prayers go out to Melissa and Danny, your road is not an easy one but it is most definitely an honorable one. And don't listen to anyone who says otherwise! They should count their lucky stars they haven't had to go through what you have and what you will have to, and think twice before getting up on their high horse and passing judgment on you.

    • A Parent
      August 31, 2012 - 17:28

      Looking for a quick payday? Are you kidding me? These parents are angry, very angry and will be for a very long time!! These parents took their baby girl to the emergency room several times because they knew something wasn't right, but the doctors kept sending them home, the professionals! I'm not a doctor, but I know when my child better than any doctor out at that QEH or another other hospital.

    • waldorf
      August 31, 2012 - 18:08

      Greg from Brackley that is really a stupid comment to make, this family is going through hell on earth.If these Drs. did wrong they should have to pay for there mistakes and belive me Drs make many mistakes on pei and most of them they bury. Doug Currie should resign for releasing the stament result of the plaintiffs' negligence. when you take your sick child to an ER to get help how can that be negligence.

  • Sarimac
    August 31, 2012 - 14:28

    What a tragic story. 4 doctors really??

  • Just an opinion
    August 31, 2012 - 14:27

    Are we not ALL exposed to sick beings as we languish in Emergency Dept!? How do we know who has what as we sit for hours in a petrie dish emergency room of sorts? Swabs taken from chairs etc may reveal contaminatives? Germs? Whatever? Are they saying the ER is pristine and germs aren't shared on occasions?Where was she exposed to a sick child? At QEH? That govt argument seems ridiculous then to me.Judged on what is written here it sounds weak., like grasping at straws.IMO And if the Drs thought this about the family why didn't they admit the child or call social services and deal with it at the initial visit? They sent her home? And I have had negative treatment from one of those Drs while they were in private practice. Something that should have been diagnosed before it got to the point it actually did IMO. And never picked up by this peticular doctor. And was quite serious. What are the standards for Drs in the ER? Hurrah for the good and well trained ones, and hiss to those who may not be...... I don't blame the family for being distraught and going to sue. I think it takes a lot to get to that point and for a few it may be the only way they will see any positive action come out of a terrible mess. And I think QEH needs to review some aspects of what goes on under its roof.

  • Off Topic
    August 31, 2012 - 13:45

    Should that not be " Dr." Ellis-Ghiz is Premier Robert Ghiz's wife, and is she the only one with a spouse, and exactly what do the spouses have to do with the law suit ?

    • faithful puss
      August 31, 2012 - 15:37

      I agree with you. It's not fair to Ghiz. Poor Ghiz he's once again the victim of poor journalism.

    • If naming spouses, why name one spouse and not the others?
      August 31, 2012 - 16:22

      I am curious as to why the Guardian names Dr Kate's spouse and not the spouses of the other Doctors and what difference does it make? Interestingly, I notice you do not name Martie's spouse?? Unbelievable that this family would go public with this before any proceedings take place. What are they trying to do - drum up public sympathy or is Martie trying to garner votes by painting this a Liberal story by naming Dr Kate's husband. Unless he was directly involved his name or job title should never be disclosed in a story like this - Guardian editors you of all people know better then this. What did your legal advisors say about this release of information? or did they know about it? I wonder. Family of this little girl - you lost my respect by going public with this story prior to any proceedings being held. I feel you placed this little innocent child as an image to be a money grab. Shame on you and shame on the Guardian for publishing this. I know of the reputation of these Doctors and find this story as it is printed very hard to believe. Again Guardian you should know better.

    • Some One
      August 31, 2012 - 18:08

      This might have more to do with them getting justice. I doubt the legal system would want to make the Ghiz family look bad. They couldnt even prove the PNP issues with them!

  • yay or nay
    August 31, 2012 - 13:16

    I'm neither for or against what is going on, but I do have a few thoughts. One is, I find it very hard to believe that Mitchell Zelma, who the the Head Pediatrician on Prince Edward Island, would send a girl home and basically get them to let her sleep it off. We have him for a Dr. and he was the one who diagnosed our oldest with Epilepsy. Secondly, the defense is quoted by stating "any injuries were a result of the plaintiffs' negligence, including exposing Emma to a sick child and failing to take all precautions to prevent the spread of the illness to her." Now, as a parent of two, any parent with half a mind knows how IMPOSSIBLE it is to keep one child who is perfectly healthy away from another child who is sick. As far as we know, germs like that can travel faster than the speed of light. They can get those germs anywhere, whether it be a park, daycare, school, Dr.'s office, hospital, restaurant, ANYWHERE. I certainly do not see this side of the defense carrying very far in court.

    • Kudos to these parents
      August 31, 2012 - 16:35

      I hope these drs finally have to answer for all these mistakes they are making. My mother was misdiagnosed with cancer for 8 months which cost her life. I had been back and forth to doctors for almost a year with my son with diagnosis ranging from depression, anxiety, ear infection,and migraines. The proper diagnosis... epilepsy! It took one trip to IWK for one hour to have him properly diagnosed and proper treatment to be given. Our doctors are properly trained or they are just inconsiderate! I hope these doctors finally have to answer for all their malpractice. Unfortunately most people are scared to make any claims against our doctors for fear of the repercussions. Not only is the health field involved in this now the government will be in this since this is the premier's wife! i wonder where she takes her children when they are sick since these parents are supposedly negligent because they had their daughter around a sick child. Does mrs. Elllis-Ghiz's children live in a bubble and if so who do you think is paying for it?/ All the best to these parents and beautiful little girl and these doctors should be ashamed of themselves!!