Terrace, B.C. senior woman in desperate need of hospital bed, now en route to Prince George

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In a case that highlights the gaps in health care in B.C., a woman from Terrace recovering from a car accident is unable to get a hospital bed when she desperately needs one – Sep 23, 2022

A woman from northern B.C. who said her mother was at risk of possibly losing her foot, or even her life, is now being moved to get treatment in Prince George.

Rebecca Onstein’s 82-year-old mother, Sheron Onstein, was injured in a car accident on Sept. 1.

Since then, an infection on her ankle dramatically worsened. Rebecca Onstein said doctors told her that the ankle needed to be treated at the hospital in Prince George.

On Thursday, Rebecca laid out her concerns. She said the family was told there was no available bed at the University Hospital of Northern B.C. in Prince George.

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On Friday, however, Global News learned that Sheron Onstein is on her way to Prince George for treatment.

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Although Sheron is en route for treatment, the journey has not been without challenges.

Rebecca said they had to wait for more than 90 minutes for an ambulance on Friday, as there were no drivers available to take them to the airport.

Sheron’s surgery has also not been scheduled yet, with Rebecca saying she was told there’s a wait list of surgeries in Prince George.

“The system is broken, and I’m tired of hearing, ‘Sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry.’ People need to hear what is happening in our rural communities,” Rebecca Onstein said on Thursday.

“This needs to change. Something is broken in our health-care system and without health, we have nothing.”

Northern Health refuted the claim there was no available space for Sheron in Prince George on Thursday.


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