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Family told nothing could be done for 106-year-old’s broken hip

AMHERST – An Advocate woman is questioning the quality of service her 106-year-old grandmother received while a patient at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre in early February.

Sunda McCarty said her grandmother, Lena McAloney, was transported by ambulance to the hospital in Upper Nappan on Feb. 6 from Bayview Memorial Health Care Centre after breaking her hip in a fall.

“When she got there, the doctor who was on call said there was nothing he could do for her because of her age,” said McCarty. 

“He said because of her age there was not a doctor who would touch her. He said she would have to remain as she was.”

Though shocked, McCarty accepted the explanation and McAloney was sent back to Advocate.

She said McAloney suffered at Bayview for two more weeks before nursing staff told the family she would eventually die from complications if nothing was done.

Moncton City Hospital was contacted and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Andrew Clarke agreed to see her. Clarke performed surgery and placed a pin in her hip. McAloney returned to the Bayview Memorial Health Care Centre on Feb. 24 and is continuing to recover.

“We don’t think she’ll walk again because at 106 she’s not the most steady person, but at least she’s comfortable,” said McCarty.

She said this is the latest bad experience with the local health care system after her father was sent to the regional hospital last November and was told he had pneumonia. An EKG later determined he’d had a heart attack and he passed away two weeks later.

“I’m disappointed in the health care system and I’m disappointed in that doctor in Amherst,” McAloney said, adding she’s grateful to the surgeon and the staff at the Moncton hospital.

McAloney hasn’t decided if she’s going to file a complaint with the Cumberland Health Authority. She’s hoping her grandmother’s experience will raise awareness that there are some issues at the regional hospital.

When contacted for comment, CHA spokesperson Ann Keddy said she cannot comment on the situation.

“We would encourage the family to contact us directly and we will investigate more fully what occurred in this situation,” Keddy said.

Organizations: Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, Moncton City Hospital, Bayview Cumberland Health Authority

Geographic location: AMHERST, Upper Nappan

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