Acadian Peninsula man launches negligence complaint against health network over mother's care

An Acadian Peninsula man says his 81 year old mother was admitted to hospital with a broken hip, but he fears she'll die from bed sores.

Steven Hawkins says his mother, Leola Chiasson-Hawkins of Caraquet, was transferred between hospitals in Tracadie, Caraquet, and Bathurst nearly a dozen times since April of last year to treat her hip and bed sore.

Chiasson-Hawkins' bed sore had progressed to 'stage 4', however is healing and is now at 'stage 2' level.

But Hawkins says he's lost faith in the province's health care system and has filed a negligence complaint against the Vitalite Health Network relating to his mother's care.

Though she didn't comment on the case specifically, Vitalite vice-president of clinical services Johanne Roy assures investigations are launched whenever complaints are received.

Roy adds bed sores are not uncommon and that there are several factors that can lead to their development including age, diet, medications, and humidity levels.

She says there are a variety of protocols used to treat the sores but that they vary depending on the patient and wound.

(with files from ICI Radio-Canada)