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Demers Lucky To Be Alive

from the CP at TSN,

A gruesome accident during what should have been a routine operation nearly killed hockey man-turned-parliamentarian Jacques Demers this summer.

The frail-looking Conservative senator has gone public to describe his brush with death.

Now resting at his Montreal-area home, Demers has lost 43 pounds this summer and even his voice is sounding a little thinner.

Demers described his ordeal in an interview with the RDS sports network, where he worked for years as a hockey analyst.


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HockeyTownTodd's avatar

Socialized medicine.

Posted by HockeyTownTodd on 08/03/10 at 09:55 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

[bSocialized medicine. ]

Coming to a Hospital near You in the U.S. A. Thanks to Obama & the D’s sick

Posted by Evilpens on 08/03/10 at 10:20 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Scary.  Get well soon, Jacques.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 08/03/10 at 10:26 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

Yes !! That Too SYF

Posted by Evilpens on 08/03/10 at 10:47 PM ET

drimo's avatar

Ok, really, guys.  Same thing happens in the US all the time where someone makes a mistake.  FTA:
“Accidentally, through human error, the doctor apparently cut a piece of plumbing—of the intestine—and it apparently spread through my body.”

With toxins flooding his body, Demers was forced to undergo a second operation to save his life.

No need to get all political.

Posted by drimo from Cincinnati, OH on 08/04/10 at 02:10 AM ET

The Hurricane's avatar

Not political at all. Simple math.
Jacques Demers could pay for and afford the best treatment available.
That wasn’t the scenario.
He was GIVEN what was deemed appropriate.

If this happens all the time to those who choose to make the financial investment in their healthcare I would challenge you to provide a comparable story.
This isn’t a simple human error, this is an egreggious mistake that almost took a man’s life. Demers is a humble man and this proves it….oh, and the fact that he can’t do anything to hold the jacka$$  doctors accountable is more to the point.

If Uncle Mike had this happen you had better bet heads would roll.

Lemme ask this question…if Wayne Gretzky scored a goal against his own team would you chalk it up to simply OOPS, or would you look closer and ask WTH happened here?

Posted by The Hurricane on 08/04/10 at 03:32 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Wow.  Just wow…

I’m just trying to wish the man Godspeed on his recovery.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 08/04/10 at 06:44 AM ET

Baroque's avatar

Be realistic, people. This happens in EVERY HOSPITAL IN THE WORLD, no matter how expensive, how fancy, or how well-trained the doctors are.

ANY MEDICAL PROCEDURE has risks. It’s why even if you have blood drawn you need to read a page of the possible side effects that can result.

It has nothing to do with “socialized medicine” or “Obamacare” or any of that BS. It has to do with the fact that people are complex organisms and medical mistakes just happen. Even to a well-trained, alert, well-assisted physician with all the best technology at his disposal.

Seriously, take a few biology classes and you’ll be amazed that anything ever works properly in a human being because there is so much that can so easily go very very wrong.

Posted by Baroque from Michigan on 08/04/10 at 09:16 AM ET


Amen, Baroque.  This is utterly ridiculous.

People who don’t think medical errors occur in the US—in ANY health care system—are delusional. 
They need to realize that it’s helpful to get actual facts before forming an opinion.

Posted by Lex Talionis on 08/04/10 at 11:56 AM ET

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