06/11/2013 18:03 EDT | Updated 08/11/2013 05:12 EDT

Chiefs want inquest after woman dies without medevac help

A group of Manitoba First Nations and several northern chiefs are calling for an inquest into the death of a 31-year-old woman who they say was refused a medical airlift.

On May 27, 31-year-old Liza Tssessaze died after being unable to breathe for several days. Her mother, Laura, told CBC news Tssessaze has used a tracheal tube for eight years after she was injured in a house fire.

That tube was removed, according to Laura, by Tssessaze’s doctor in Winnipeg without any explanation.

When she returned to Lac Brochet, she had trouble breathing and visited the nursing station several times. Eventually, according to her mother, the nurses called for a medevac, but they were refused.

“The nurses even said [maybe] they could still try to revive her, which I knew at that point and time they were unable to,” said Laura, through tears.

“As a mother, I saw my daughter fighting for her breath — gasping for her air.”

Now, the Northlandes Denesuline First Nation and Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc., a group of northern Manitoba chiefs, are calling for an inquest.

MKO issued a release Tuesday, saying the group blamed Tssessaze’s doctor in Winnipeg and the Northern Regional Health Authority for her death. They said she should’ve been airlifted out of the community before she died.

Her mother said she wants RCMP to investigate.