Protesting Dr. Fynn’s dismissal

Dave Mathieson
Published on August 9, 2012
Former patients, and kids delivered by Dr. John Fynn, gathered in Krystle Agnew’s home Wednesday afternoon to show a united front in their desire to see the obstetrician’s license returned to him so he can continue his practice in Nova Scotia. Supporters of Fynn include: (from left) Falon Mayhew with her son Mathias, Heather Dixon with her son Tate, Agnew with her son Hudson, Lisa Allen, Vicki Dickeson, Nicole Vickery, and Candice Haynes with Macie and Ella (in her left arm).
Dave Mathieson - Amherst Daily News

AMHERST – Former patients of Dr. John Fynn have banded together to protest the Nova Scotia College of Physicians and Surgeons decision to revoke his license to practice as an obstetrician in Nova Scotia.

About 20 women gathered at Krystle Agnew’s home on Wednesday, and today at 2 p.m. the women will march outside the Cumberland Health Authority office in downtown Amherst to protest the decision.

 “We are calling for Dr. Fynn’s license to be reinstated so that he is able to continue with his career,” said Agnew, who was Fynn’s patient from 2007 to 2010. “They brought him over here from England. They wanted him here so bad, and then they destroyed him.”

Agnew has four children, two of which were delivered by Fynn.

“My first two deliveries were horrible,” said Agnew. “I was terrified when I went into labour the third time, and he kept promising me it would be good, and it was, it was perfect.

“Honestly, after I had him it didn’t even feel like I had a baby.”

Agnew said many babies were brought into the world because of his professionalism.

Lisa Allen agrees.

Allen is presently pregnant with her second baby.

 “We had tried to get pregnant for a year with our first son,” said Allen.

She talked to several doctors about their problem conceiving a baby and said she was told nature would have to take its course.

Everything changed when she went to Fynn.

“Dr. Fynn put me on hormone therapy. He said I had a hormone imbalance,” said Allen. “When I was on medication for three months I became pregnant. He followed my pregnancy and delivered my son.”

Nicole Vickery is pregnant with her second baby and said she had serious complications with her first baby, which were overcome by Fynn.

“He took excellent care of me,” said Vickery. “It’s like he was there 24-hours a day. If I needed him, he was a phone call away.”

Both pregnant women said they were shocked when they were called and told Fynn would no longer be their obstetrician. Allen said she ‘bawled’ upon reception of the news.

“He’d seen me throughout my whole pregnancy right up until I got a phone call and said that I have to have an appointment with the other OB, and I was told he (Dr. Fynn) would not be delivering,” said Allen. “It said in the paper (Amherst Daily News) that it wasn’t going to effect his patients but it affects us. I don’t have a clue who’s going to deliver my baby.”

Vickery, who is due Aug. 30, agrees.

“Now I don’t have a specific doctor,” she said. “I’m kind of being jumbled between two doctors, and this baby is breach, which means I have to have a Cesarean.

“It’s kind of up in the air who’s going to do it now, so I’m kind of in limbo.”

Fynn’s license was revoked after an alleged incident at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre involving him and an anesthetist at the hospital. It’s alleged he had an argument with the anesthetist that, according to his sponsor, Dr. Celina White - the Cumberland Health Authority's medical chief of staff -  involved "physical intimidation and profanities."

“People make mistakes and say things they shouldn’t say, but I know he’s not the first doctor to yell at another doctor,” said Agnew. “My husband’s been in surgery where two doctors got in a fight over an OR (operating room) room.

“I think it’s unfair and unjust,” added Agnew. “Doctors aren’t super-human but people sometimes think they are, but they falter. Penalize him, maybe not have him work in an Amherst hospital, but don’t take his livelihood away from him, something he’s amazing at.”

Agnew thinks his dismissal might have something to do with the colour of Fynn’s skin.

“I don’t want to bring up the race card but there is a lot of racism in Amherst we don’t see,” she said. “It’s funny that there’s only ever been two black doctors that I know of that worked there.”

Former Fynn patient Falon Mayhew also thinks racism played a role in the decision to revoke his license.

“I honestly feel that where he’s a minority of African descent that it has occurred,” said Mayhew. “I think if it would have been a Caucasian doctor, I think it would have gone a little differently. There may have been repercussions, but they may not have been that severe.

“I know it’s the second time something has occurred but he has the right to go through an investigation before anything is revoked,” she added. “It’s appalling. It’s really sad. He doesn’t deserve it at all. I’d like to see him reinstated and see him practice again.”