Family Of Woman That Died Following A Mask Dispute Sues Hospital. What's With The Hospital?

Chibuzo Nwachuku
Stephanie WarrinerPhoto byFalconers LLP/Toronto Sun

The family of a woman who died due to a COVID-19 mask dispute at Toronto General Hospital has filed a lawsuit. The pursuit for civil action follows the acquittal of security guards that were responsible for the patient's death.

The family of Stephanie Warriner sued University Health Network which owns the hospital, and five security guards who were involved in her death for $16 million, according to Falconers LLP, the firm representing the deceased's sibling Denise Warriner-Smith who still seeks justice for Stephanie.

As shown on the video (click the YouTube link directly above this paragraph), Stephanie was struggling for breath and seated with a mask on her chin before a female guard confronted her. This 43-year-old woman who left behind five children and had bipolar disorder was suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ("COPD") which was why she had the mask on her chin. She was confronted about why the mask was not covering her mouth.

Falconers alleged that Stephanie explained to the security guards that she came from her room to get a sandwich and that she had trouble breathing. The firm also claimed that the security guards were aware of the conditions but instead of getting her the required medical attention, they berated her, shoved her against the wall and to the ground, and restrained her in the prone position with weight applied to her back. Stephanie consequently went into cardiac arrest and died.

In spite of the video footage and witness testimony, the case was dismissed and appeal was denied to the disappointment to Denise Warriner-Smith. Source:

I do not understand what went wrong about the judge. The defendants need to be retried. If they were innocent, why was the camera turned? Whoever testified would not gain anything from lying. I know this happened in Canada but why should it matter? If someone has such a condition like the one this woman had, immediate medical attention is required. The guards instead assaulted the patient and had the camera turned away. They must have covered themselves up. I believe the administrative staff of the hospital were part of the problem. This is like some police departments here in America who covered up some cops that harmed blacks. The security guards at the hospital should start wearing bodycams. Those that were involved in the incident belong behind bars. They should know that putting someone in a prone position and applying weight could kill the person. What are your thoughts of the incident?

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