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A B.C. double amputee is attempting to determine what to do subsequent, after he says he was pressured out of a North Vancouver hospital with nowhere to dwell.

Kevin Grant says he was informed he should go away Lions Gate Hospital by Thursday morning. Hospital employees, he claims, informed him it wasn’t their job to search out him housing and prompt a close-by homeless shelter.

“What they discovered me is, ‘OK, you’ll be able to sleep right here from 9 p.m. to 11 a.m. however you gotta get out and also you’re by yourself.’ Does that sound like housing?” he stated.

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Grant, a self-employed carpenter, discovered himself on the centre of a medical nightmare after growing a blister on his foot that bought contaminated.

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He stated he’s all the time had blood issues, and the an infection worsened to the purpose the place medical doctors had been pressured to amputate a part of his proper foot.

Then he had a foul response to antibiotics, and his proper foot turned contaminated. Docs ended up having to amputate that leg above his knee.


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After therapy at VGH and consulting with GF robust a few prosthetic, he was transferred to Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver.

“I used to be informed I used to be being despatched to Lions Gate for rehab. That it could be for at the least two months to get my prosthetic match and regain my power so I might get again out into the world,” he stated.

“I get to Lions Gate and so they go, no, we don’t do rehab.”

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A month after shifting to Lions Gate, Grant was wheeling out with no place to name dwelling. His former residence, he stated, isn’t wheelchair accessible.

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In a press release, Vancouver Coastal Well being stated it can not talk about particular person instances, however that it really works “collaboratively with sufferers and households to ascertain protected and applicable discharge plans.”

“Any allegations of inadequate care are investigated,” it added.

In the intervening time, Grant shall be staying together with his brother — who additionally lives in wheelchair inaccessible housing, and should carry him up the steps into his dwelling.

“It’s been 18 months, 9 surgical procedures. It’s been a hell of a highway,” he stated.

“I nonetheless bought heaps to provide. I’m able to work I simply want the instruments to do it, and a leg is primary.”




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