Husband of Midland woman allegedly taken off life support by nurse speaks
Published Friday, April 10, 2015 5:41PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, April 10, 2015 6:26PM EDT
Michael Leblanc held pictures of his late wife Deanna close on Friday.
The 39-year-old mother of two died in March of 2014 after police allege she was taken off life support at Georgian Bay General Hospital by a nurse without authorization.
“Everybody is shocked something like this could happen you know, me mostly, I lost her,” says Leblanc. “It just doesn’t make sense, don’t understand it.”
Police have charged 50-year-old Joanna Flynn of Wyevale with manslaughter and criminal negligence causing death. She was a nurse at the hospital and was fired just days after the alleged incident.
Leblanc says it started when his wife went in for a routine knee scope at a hospital in Newmarket. She was released that day and went home to Midland but something went wrong in the middle of the night.
“Three o’clock in the morning she was begging me for her life to call 911,” adds Leblanc.
Her husband then said she was placed on life-support but died later that day.
Leblanc says he didn’t think his wife’s death was suspicious until police called him a week after her death.
“A week later they just called me and asked me if they could come up and talk to me and I went down did an interview with them.”
For the next year police investigated the case and on Thursday the nurse was arrested.
Deanna Leblanc worked at a downtown store and at her husband’s RV business. As for Michael, he says he is still trying to deal with the loss of the best woman he ever knew.
“If you needed somebody to talk to she was always there, by far the best mother. Her biggest thing in life now is to be a grandmother, hoping one day that her boys would have babies.”
Leblanc says he is considering legal action against both hospitals and the suspect.
Flynn is out on $50,000 bail and is expected to be back in court on May 28th.
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