Hospital Transfer Delays Irk Plane Crash Survivor's Family

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The family of a plane crash survivor is frusted hospital transfer delays left their loved one stranded in Kelowna for several weeks. ( |

The family of plane crash survivor Vincent Hannay is frustrated hospital transfer delays left him stranded in Kelowna for several weeks.

Last month, a Piper PA Comanche aircraft crashed near Kelowna with four people on board. Two people were killed in the crash.

Hannay suffered severe head trauma and was treated in Kelowna General Hospital for nearly a month.

His uncle Rick Hannay says it took weeks for his nephew to be transferred to Vancouver General Hospital.

"My sister has been living in a motel near the hospital and it's been getting very discouraging because we've been expecting Vincent to be transferred to VGH at least two weeks ago."

Gavin Wilson with Vancouver Coastal Health says because Hannay has been receiving treatment in Kelowna, patients across the province that require emergency help take priority.

"We can certainly sympathize with the family that they'd want to see that transfer happen sooner," Wilson said. "We're doing our best to make it happen as soon as we could. In this instance it took longer than we'd like, and we apologize for that."

Hannay was finally transferred to Vancouver from Kelowna by plane early Sunday morning.

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