A Downtown Eastside women’s advocacy group is demanding a meeting with Health Minister Terry Lake, after what they call the inadequate treatment of a woman who was viciously attacked in a random stabbing spree earlier this month.
Fay Blaney with “Warriors Organizing Women” says the 48 year old woman was discharged from hospital three days after suffering five stab wounds, before being put in a cab, and shipped back to a Downtown Eastside SRO.
Blaney says the woman was traumatized after the suspect was fatally shot by police and collapsed on top of her.
“Once she arrived at the centre she was crying uncontrollably, and she was saying, every time I close my eyes I see his eyes rolling back into his head and he bled all over me, she said, there was blood gushing all over her.”
For its part, Anna Marie D’Angelo with Vancouver Coastal Health apologizes for the lack of a discharge plan.
“As this client was living in the Downtown Eastside, it was perhaps not the best place for her to go to, back to her home.”
The victim is now recovering in a community transitional facility.
Blaney and a group of advocates protested what they call DTES discrimination outside VGH Tuesday afternoon.