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Manitoba judge says medical system in northern communities is lacking

WINNIPEG — A judge says the medical system failed a northern Manitoba infant girl who died two months after she was born.

Drianna Ross died of an infection in November 2011 in Thompson General Hospital.

An inquest into her death was told her parents repeatedly contacted the nursing station in their home community of God's Lake Narrows, saying the young girl had a severe fever.

The girl was eventually transferred to the Thompson hospital, where she was diagnosed with pneumonia and given antibiotics that were ineffective for the infection she had.

The inquest was told information from the nursing station about the girl's fever and treatment was not passed on to the Thompson hospital.

The inquest report makes a series of recommendations that include better monitoring equipment and training in northern communities.

The Canadian Press

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