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Thu Oct 1, 2020, 01:17 PM

Indigenous woman records slurs, taunts of Quebec hospital staff before her death [View all]

Joyce Echaquan [a 37-year-old mother of seven from the Atikamekw nation of Manawan] was seeking medical help in a Quebec hospital room when she went live on Facebook, sharing her screams of pain and the verbal abuse she heard in the final moments of her life.

She sought treatment for stomach pain last week, and was given morphine on Monday, although she had warned staff she had a heart condition and a pacemaker and could not handle the drug, a cousin, Mirella Dubé, said in an interview via Facebook.

In the seven-minute live-streamed video, Ms. Echaquan can be heard panting and screaming. At least two health-care workers were also recorded, including one who said in French, “You’re stupid as hell."


After Ms. Echaquan moaned in pain, one of the workers can be heard saying: “Are you done acting stupid? Are you done?”

“You made some bad choices, my dear,” another woman said. “What are your children going to think, seeing you like this, eh?”

“She’s good at screwing, more than anything else. And we’re paying for this,” the first employee said.


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