Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Memorial service set for teen who died while awaiting heart transplant

Winnipeg Free Press

A memorial service will be held in the city next Monday for a former Winnipeg teen who died in a Montreal hospital while waiting for a heart transplant.
The service for 19-year-old Jessica Bondar is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in The Church of Jesus Christ for Latter Day Saints, at 45 Dalhousie Dr.
The St. James Collegiate graduate had battled serious health problems for two years after contracting the influenza A virus and subsequently suffering heart failure.
She had been staying part-time at a hospital in Montreal, near where some of her family members now live, waiting for a transplant when she had a stroke last month and died.
Her case hit the headlines again this spring when her aunt, Sheryl Matheson, was charged with allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from a trust fund set up to help cover some of her medical costs.
Matheson’s court case has been remanded to June 6.

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