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Health Minister apologizes for spinal surgery delays

B.C. Health Minister Dr. Margaret MacDiarmid.
For a week, Daybeak's series Backbone, has highlighted the stories of two Okanagan teenagers who required spinal surgery, but did not get it here in B.C. because of long delays.

Instead, they turn to Shriners Hospitals in the U.S.

For one of the teens, Walid Khalfallah, the delays had heartbreaking consequences. He is now paralyzed from the waist down.

All week, Daybreak's requests for an interview with B.C. Health Minister Dr. Margaret MacDiarmid, were turned down.

So Daybreak host, Chris Walker, caught up with the minister at a ground breaking ceremony for the Interior Heart and Surgical Centre in Kelowna.

Dr. MacDiarmid says she's sorry Khalfallah had to wait so long to get his surgery.

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