Family questions whether man's head injury went undetected
The family of a Fort Simpson, N.W.T., man recovering from a head injury wants to know why was he taken to the health centre four times before being medevaced to Yellowknife.
"If they would've done a proper examination the first time maybe they would have noticed it sooner that something was wrong rather than the RCMP having to bring him back to the health centre to get checked out over and over again," said his niece Pam Norwegian.
It's still not clear when the head injury occurred.
According to police, Bernie Michel, 61, was found lying in the street in Fort Simpson July 21 following a collision with a vehicle. Police say he was intoxicated. Paramedics took him to the Fort Simpson health centre, where medical staff discharged him into RCMP custody for public intoxication.
The Lethbridge Police Service is investigating Michel's time in RCMP custody.
According to Lethbridge police, it's alleged that Michel hit his head in the holding cell at some point during the night. They are unable to confirm whether Michel acquired any injuries while in police custody until their investigation is complete. RCMP brought Michel to the health centre twice more that night, but it's not clear if that was before or after he allegedly fell.
The next day RCMP called paramedics to take Michel to the health centre, at which point he was medevaced to Yellowknife, and eventually Edmonton. Doctors at Stanton Territorial Hospital found bleeding in his brain.
Norwegian says Michel is learning how to walk again, but can no longer take care of himself.
The Deh Cho Health Authority is also reviewing the incident.