Toronto senior dies after wheelchair plunges in park during field trip

Share:

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on whatsapp
Share on email
Share on facebook

Toronto senior dies after wheelchair plunges in park during field trip's Profile


A Toronto long-term care resident taken out for a supervised field trip has died after her wheelchair plunged more than 25 metres over an embankment, her family says.

Gail Rottiers, age 82, was at Edwards Gardens in North York on July 11 on an organized outing with other seniors.

The woman suffered life-threatening injuries when the wheelchair rolled down a steep bank and into trees.

Rottiers lived at True Davidson Acres long-term care home on Dawes Road in East York. The facility is one of ten long-term care homes owned by the city of Toronto.

Read more:

90 Ontario long-term care homes still not fully air-conditioned, ministry says

“Was it negligence? Can we fix it for other people? Because no one should die that way,” said daughter Susan Turnbull in an interview with Global News from her home in Caledon.

Story continues below advertisement

Initially, Turnbull says family members were told her mother’s injuries were not serious. However, after Rottiers was transported to the emergency department of Sunnybrook Hospital they learned that she was in critical condition.

Clinical notes reveal Rottiers “sustained multiple severe orthopaedic injuries and will require ongoing resuscitation.”

The notes confirm Rottiers “fell from (her) wheelchair and rolled 30 feet (and was) found at the bottom of the hill.”

Rottiers spent ten days in the intensive care unit of Sunnybrook Hospital before she died.

“She was growling in pain when I was last with her,” Turnbull said.

Read more:

COVID outbreaks more than doubled in Ontario LTC homes since last weekly report

Following the incident, Turnbull’s family contacted Toronto police, which has opened a file looking into Rottiers’s death. Turnbull also contacted the Ontario Ministry of Long-Term Care.


Gail Rottiers.


Susan Turnbull / Provided

True Davidson Acres referred calls about the incident to the city of Toronto, which released a statement.

Story continues below advertisement

“The city of Toronto sends its sincere condolences to the family of the long-term resident…who passed away,” the statement reads in part.

“Our staff are fully cooperating with police who are reviewing the incident…the city is also conducting its own internal review of the incident,” the spokesperson wrote.

A funeral service for Rottiers took place in Brampton on Wednesday afternoon.

© 2022 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.





Source link

Share:

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on whatsapp
Share on email
Share on facebook

Want to be a sponsor?

Fill in your details and we'll be in touch