The Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Inquest Report



Borton asks for a transfer

Borton testified that she encountered Giddins on the street outside the VCHC the day after Alyssa died. Giddins asked her about a patient who was to undergo a valvotomy. Borton said that she told him that she was not able to go into the unit, because she was so distraught about Alyssa's death. Shortly after this she recalled arranging a meeting with Boyle.

I went into her office, and I remember it distinctly because I went in and I sat down and I said to her, I just want to let you know that I have concerns about the cardiac program, and I started to cry. And she was very supportive of me, you know. I felt that she was the first person that really heard me. Dr. Giddins didn't have reservations; Lois didn't have the same feelings that I had, she didn't share that with me and I didn't-to the extent of how I felt, I felt that Isobel understood and supported me. (Evidence, page 18,197)

At that point Boyle said that she would work in helping Borton find work in another area. Before that happened, the program went into a slowdown because of the anaesthetists' decision to withdraw services. As a result, Borton remained with the program throughout the summer and early fall.



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Section 1 Chapter 1 - Introduction to the Issues
  Chapter 2 - Pediatric Cardiac Issues
  Chapter 3 - The Diagnosis of Pediatric Heart Defects and their Surgical Treatment
  Chapter 4 - The Health Sciences Centre
Section 2 Chapter 5 - Pediatric Cardiac Surgery in Winnipeg 1950-1993
  Chapter 6 - The Restart of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery in 1994
January 1, 1994 to May 17, 1994
  Chapter 7 - The Slowdown
May 17 to September 1994
  Chapter 8 - Events Leading to the Suspension of the Program
September 7, 1994 to December 23, 1994
  Chapter 9 - 1995 - The Aftermath of the Shutdown
January to March, 1995
Section 3 Chapter 10 - Findings and Recommendations
Appendix 1 - Glossary of terms used in this report
Appendix 2 - Parties to the Proceedings and counsel
Appendix 3 - List of witnesses and dates of testimony
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