Makibi Timilak's family calling for inquest into baby's death

A family from Cape Dorset, Nunavut is calling for an inquest into the death of their three-month-old baby.

Father confirms to CBC the family wants an inquest

Makibi sits nestled in his mother's fur-lined amauti, a traditional Inuit parka with a hood that acts as a built-in baby pouch. (Family photo)

A family from Cape Dorset, Nunavut wants an inquest into the death of their three-month-old baby. 

Makibi Timilak died in April 2012 after he was allegedly refused treatment at the Cape Dorset Health Centre.

Timilak's father Luutaaq Qaumagiaq confirmed with CBC on Tuesday that the family wants an inquest into the death of 3-month old Makibi. The baby's death was the subject of a damning report released last year, resulting in one health official losing his job.

The report had dozens of recommendations, including asking for an inquest into the death. At the time, Nunavut Health Minister Paul Okalik said that decision would be up to Timilak's family.

Cause of death unclear

Nunavut chief coroner Padma Suramala initially attributed Timilak's death to sudden infant death syndrome, but later signed off on an autopsy report by an Ottawa pathologist who concluded that the baby had died of a widespread viral infection in both lungs.

After a second Ottawa pathologist reviewed the original autopsy results and tissue samples, and found no evidence of a viral infection, Suramala classified the death as "undetermined."

The author of last year's report, Katherine Peterson, said "a formal inquest will assist the parents, the community of Cape Dorset and Nunavut residents generally in better understanding these tragic events." She also said an inquest is desirable, "given the remaining unanswered issues, the degree of concern, and the existence of factual discrepancies and the presence at times of misinformation."