Lawyer Jean-Francois Bertrand and the family of Joyce Echaquan held a news conference Friday at the Lanaudière Native Friendship Centre to announce their plans to launch a lawsuit.
Bertrand said they’d be pursuing all legal options available against the Joliette hospital and its staff.
Equachan, an Atikamekw woman, was subjected to degrading racist comments as she lay dying in a Joliette hospital.
Before her death on Monday, the 37-year-old mother of seven recorded a video from her hospital bed and posted it to social media. In it, she is pleading for help while hospital staff can be heard hurling insults and racist comments towards her.
Echaquan’s family said she had been admitted with stomach pain.
The regional health authority (CISSS de Lanaudière) responsible for the hospital where Echaquan died confirmed that a patient attendant was fired on Thursday afternoon.
Earlier this week, the province announced a nurse heard in the video was also fired.
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