Woman dies in hospital waiting for treatment

By Victoria Gray Writer Six Nations Elected Council is joining an Indigenous woman’s family calls for an inquest into her death while in a hospital waiting room. On December 9, 2021, Heather Winterstein, a 24-year-old woman with ties to the Cayuga Nation, went to the emergency room at St. Catharine’s General Hospital, seeking treatment for back pain and illness. She was sent home that night with Tylenol. When the pain got worse Heather called an ambulance, but she was left in the emergency room waiting area unattended and unmonitored. Winterstein collapsed and died there. It was determined she died from a Necrotizing Fasciitis (Strep A) infection. Necrotizing fasciitis can lead to sepsis, shock, and organ failure, although serious complications are associated with the infection it is treated with antibiotics and…

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