Canadian Woman files suit against hospital over alleged rehab denial
Jan 19, British Columbia: A woman has filed a complaint with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal, claiming two doctors denied her health care because of her weight.
The Canadian university professor, who cannot be identified due to a publication ban, said she didn’t receive the intensive rehabilitation after a hip surgery because the doctors said it was a waste of time given her weight.
She argues she was discriminated against because of her weight. She weighed 440 pounds after her hip surgery in 2012 and was told she needed to lose more than 100 pounds to become mobile.
The woman was discharged by Vancouver General Hospital to her regional hospital, where she had received eight weeks of rehabilitation before being sent home.
But later that year, she was re-admitted with an infection in the incision from the original surgery. As a result, the prosthetic components of her right hip were completely removed.
After that, she claims doctors — none of whom can be named due to the publication ban — did not offer her adequate rehabilitation and that she was wrongly denied it because of her weight.
Meanwhile the hospital denies this claim and has stated that her length of stay in the hospital was 126 days — the longest of any orthopedic patient in the unit over a six-year period.
The Oslo Times