Nova Scotia

Cape Breton woman turned down for bus service to hospital

An elderly Cape Breton woman who needs dialysis treatment has been turned down for a bus service that could help save her life.

Needs diaylsis treatments 3 times per week

Dorthy Morgan says she lives about 300 metres from the boundary line that would get her transit service for dialysis treatment. (CBC)

An elderly Cape Breton woman who needs dialysis treatment has been turned down for a bus service that could help save her life.

Dorthy Morgan uses a walker and needs to travel to the hospital for dialysis three times a week.

"I need Handi-Trans because I can't walk anywhere without the walker. I go so far, and if I go too far, I will lose my balance and fall," Morgan said.

Morgan has applied for assistance, but Cape Breton Regional Municipality's Handi-Trans has turned her down, because she lives outside the boundary line.

The local councillor said Morgan is just one of a dozen cases that need transportation for hospital appointments.

"Services for this type of thing should be for everyone, no one should be left out and no matter what the disability or illness is, the service should be provided for everyone in the municipality," said Coun. Lee MacNeil.

Morgan's late husband was picked up by Handi-Trans for treatment in 2004, but now management of the service said the boundaries are strictly enforced.

Morgan said she lives about 300 metres away from the boundary line.

"Without Handi-Trans I wouldn't get dialysis, that's how important it is, it's a matter of life and death," she said.

Morgan has been been told to move inside the boundaries or to a senior home so she can get her dialysis treatment.  

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