Nfld. & Labrador

N.L. family fears 78-year-old waiting too long for heart surgery

Kyla Connors is speaking publicly about the impact the long wait for heart surgery has had on her mother and her family.

Catherine Connors has been waiting for a procedure to replace a defective heart valve since the fall

N.L. family left 'anxiously waiting' for mother's heart surgery to happen

9 months ago
Duration 7:13
Kyla Connors speaks with the CBC's Mark Quinn about the impact the long wait for heart surgery has had on her mother and her family.

A Torbay, N.L., woman says the recent postponement of her 78-year-old mother's heart surgery has caused her family profound stress and fear.

Catherine Connors, waiting for a transcatheter aortic valve implantation to replace a failing heart valve, is one of more than 150 people on a wait-list for cardiac surgery in St. John's.

Eastern Health says surgeons have shortened the list of people waiting for heart procedures in the past few months, down from 200 patients earlier this year.

But Connors's daughter, Kyla, says that's little comfort for her family as they wait. Their fear is that her health will decline before her new appointment, on June 2, or that the procedure will be postponed again.

Hear her story in the video above.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mark Quinn

CBC News

Mark Quinn is a videojournalist with CBC's bureau in St. John's.

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