Leah Hendry

Leah Hendry is a TV, radio and online journalist with CBC Montreal Investigates. Contact her via our confidential tipline: 514-597-5155 or on email at montrealinvestigates@cbc.ca.

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Quebec's bid to hire more long-term care staff creates new problems for clients living at home

Home-care operators say Quebec's attempt to recruit more patient care attendants to work in chronically short-staffed long-term care institutions has led to an exodus of staff, making it difficult to meet the needs of their elderly and vulnerable clients who still live at home.

Quebec's COVID-19 triage protocol is discriminatory, disability advocates say

Advocacy groups believe Quebec's triage protocol, which determines who would get access to critical care such as ventilators if hospitals were overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients, discriminates against people with disabilities.

How the Montreal Heart Institute has kept out COVID-19 and kept right on performing surgeries

In mid-March, as hospitals across Quebec scrambled to cancel surgeries, all but shutting down their operating rooms to free up beds for COVID-19 patients, the Institut de Cardiologie de Montréal came up with a very different plan.

Son who lost both parents to COVID-19 joins class-action suit against Quebec nursing homes

Ian Peres was still reeling from the death of his mother at a Montreal long-term care home when his father became infected after being isolated in his room for two months, unable to say even goodbye to his wife. Now with both parents gone, Peres hopes the class-action lawsuit he has joined will lead to much-needed reform.

Fertility clinics can't reopen soon enough for anxious would-be parents

At the McGill University Health Centre's reproductive centre, genetic testing and semen analysis are already underway and IVF cycles will begin next month. But for patients anxious for parenthood, the shutdown has been torturous.

Quebec forecast centre closed, meteorologists sent home after COVID-19 outbreak

With five confirmed cases of COVID-19 and two suspected cases, Environment Canada has sent the entire staff of its forecasting centre at Montreal's Place Bonaventure home to self-isolate for 14 days.

Fearing for her child's health, woman puts her job on the line by refusing to work with COVID patients

Thousands of employees in the province's health-care network are currently absent, either because they are home sick with the virus or have been exposed to it and are in quarantine, or they are too scared to come in to work.

Laval mother desperate to bring home teens stuck in Nigeria since start of COVID-19 pandemic

Amara Onyebuchi's three children were getting to know their roots by spending time with family and friends in eastern Nigeria when the COVID-19 pandemic was declared in mid-March.

Shelters need access to COVID-19 tests to help victims of conjugal violence, advocates say

Women facing conjugal violence may be reluctant to enter a shelter because of a mandatory quarantine requirement, say advocates, who are calling on the government to give shelters priority access to COVID-19 tests.

Nurse who worked with COVID-19 patients had to lie to get herself tested

Kristy-Lyn Kemp can't believe how close she came to potentially starting a COVID-19 outbreak at her new job.

Failure to test people who might be asymptomatic COVID-19 carriers is missed opportunity, experts say

As Quebec eases pandemic restrictions, virologists and infectious disease specialists say more random testing is needed to find out where the coronavirus is lurking, so that its spread might be halted before it turns into a second wave.

Nurse who held it together while CHSLD Herron unravelled now begs to be allowed back

Auxiliary nurse Kristy-Lyn Kemp reached her breaking point last month after working non-stop and watching residents die. She came back to work as a companion, but the regional health authority now says she's not welcome.

Young cancer patient boosts spirits of Montreal Children's Hospital staff — one candy at a time

Without volunteers to lead some of the activities or offer respite to parents, the hospital's team of child life specialists are going the extra mile.

At shuttered zoos and aquariums, priority is caring for the animals

At the Ecomuseum Zoo in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, the nine remaining employees are focused solely on taking care of the 400 animals, which range from wolves and caribou to amphibians and fish.

The tragic cost of barring family caregivers from nursing homes is a wake-up call, family says

More than 70 per cent of the residents at CHSLD Yvon-Brunet in Montreal's Ville-Émard neighbourhood are, in fact, positive for the virus — making it one of the worst outbreaks of any long-term care home in Quebec. Here is one family's story.

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