Critically Ill Canadian Baby Sent To Buffalo For Treatment
A critically ill Hamilton baby has been sent to a hospital in Buffalo, NY, because there are no neonatal beds available in Southern Ontario. To make matters worse, the parents are not allowed into Buffalo because they don’t have passports:
Hamilton’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) was full when Ava Isabella Stinson was born 14 weeks premature at St. Joseph’s Hospital Thursday at 12:24 p.m.
A provincewide search for an open NICU bed came up empty, leaving no choice but to send the two-pound, four-ounce preemie to Buffalo that evening.
Her parents, Natalie Paquette and Richard Stinson, couldn’t follow their baby because as of June 1, a passport is required to cross the border into the United States.
Hamilton Centre MP David Christopherson is working to arrange emergency passports but that will take until at least Monday afternoon. The situation is made more complicated by the fact the baby’s dad has a criminal record.
As the saying goes: Canada has the best health care system in the word — unless you get sick.
While the media is playing up the angle that if it wasn’t for that idiot George Bush and his ridiculous Patriot Act, the young family wouldn’t have needed passports and would be with their baby right now. Great angle, because it leaves out the fact that of about 300 hospitals in Southern Ontario, NOT ONE OF THEM HAS AN OPEN HOSPITAL BED FOR A CRITICALLY ILL BABY.
This is what *free* gets you. You wait in long lines for free, you wait 8 months for an MRI for free, you gets misdiagnosed for free, you get turned away from hospitals because they have no beds for free. Remember the hospital I first went to at Christmas last year? Remember how they didn’t have any doctors that could perform a simple appendix operation, or an ambulance to ship me out to another hospital? And then when I got to the other hospital they couldn’t do the operation right away because they didn’t have an anesthesiologist or support staff to assist the doctor? At least it was free.
This is what our American friends can look forward to as their country spirals toward socialized medicine. Trust The Mayor when he tells you that if crap & slave (cap & trade) doesn’t kill you, socialized medicine will.
And just to the point of the young couple that can’t enter the States because they don’t have passports: We have been told for two years now that we are going to need passports to enter the States as of July 1, 2009. Everyone and their mother knew that as of July 1st we will need passports to go south of the 49th. We have been repeatedly told. So when I hear that these poor kids didn’t have passports, it makes me think that they don’t have them because they didn’t want them.
Plus, the father is a criminal and can’t enter the States anyway. That’s not George Bush’s fault either.
Or maybe it is.