This story about a Prince Edward Island woman who has been asking for financial help while living a thousand miles from home in Toronto while she waits for her lung transplant highlights the problem. Now the politicians are taking up her cause. We wish her luck in this quest.
Transplant patient needs province's help: Crane
The P.E.I. government has to stop dragging its heels and come up with some assistance for a woman waiting for a double-lung transplant in Toronto, says Opposition leader Olive Crane.
Crane wants the province to help Stratford resident Melissa MacPhail with living expenses. The 31-year-old is living in Ontario while waiting for the operation, which will be performed in Toronto.
Crane said most other provinces cover housing costs for transplant recipients who have to live out-of-province while waiting for surgery. It's unacceptable that P.E.I. only covers health-care expenses, she said.
Crane first asked the health minister for help for MacPhail back in the fall, and the minister told her the province would look into her case.
"A point was made in the legislature that he was going to review Melissa's case in particular and help her," Crane told CBC News Tuesday.
"Yesterday when I spoke with her directly in Toronto, she told me that government's been telling her that they're going to come up with some solutions. However they have been telling her that for January, February, and March. And as you know, April is around the corner and she is still left waiting."
Crane said to make matters worse, MacPhail has been told the province might not continue to pay for her oxygen.
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