Minna Mettinen-Kekalainen is dying. Living in Ontario with ALS and Asperger Syndrome, Minna is on a hunger strike in protest of being denied care by the North East Community Care Access Centre. An article in the Sudbury Star says:
Mettinen-Kekalainen told The Sudbury Star last week she threatened to report the nurses to the Ontario College of Nurses because they were not giving her the care her doctor ordered.
She and friend Jason Bushie say the nursing agency and the Community Care Access Centre have deemed that harassing behaviour.
Amanda at Ballastexistenz (where I first learned about Minna) writes:
Someone needs to be out there picketing and otherwise publicly embarrassing the agency itself and getting reporters involved in that — putting out newspaper articles that don’t call Minna’s credibility into question or confuse the issues. Someone else needs to be going to the proper authorities on this and seeing if they can get any of them to do anything. I can’t do that even locally right now, let alone in Ontario, so someone, somehow, needs to take the lead in this who actually can.
Don’t take the easy way out here. Don’t find excuses not to do something if you’re capable of doing it, or to do a half-assed job if you’re capable of a… whole-assed(?) one. Don’t let Minna die. And if she does die, don’t let up on the agencies that ultimately caused it by neglecting her when she needed them the most, find some way of holding them accountable.
Some contact info:
Sudbury MPP Rick Bartolucci
Constituency Office email: