Cynthia Blackjack's mother sues Yukon gov't over daughter's death
31-year-old Carmacks woman died during medevac to Whitehorse
The mother of Cynthia Blackjack, a Carmacks woman who died during a medevac flight to Whitehorse, is suing the Yukon Government, saying her daughter died because of negligence at the hands of the government and health care workers.
The cause of death was reported as multi-organ failure secondary to liver failure. A coroner's inquest found issues with medical equipment and made recommendations for the government to review policies and procedures.
Documents filed in Yukon Supreme Court show Theresa Blackjack alleges, among other things, that the Yukon Government failed to keep the Carmacks Health Centre and the medevac aircraft supplied with functioning and necessary equipment to provide care for her daughter.
The documents name a nurse, a doctor, two paramedics, the Department of Health and Social Services and the Department of Community Services as defendants.
Theresa Blackjack says she doesn't want to speak publicly about the lawsuit.
A case management conference has been scheduled for February.