October 13, 2021
Simone Spitzer took to Facebook yesterday calling out Alberta Health Services (AHS) for calling her 14-year-old brother’s passing a COVID death despite the fact he was on palliative care for Stage 4 brain cancer.
In the provincial government’s COVID-19 update on Tuesday, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw made mention of the boy’s death.
Although Hinshaw mentioned the boy had complex pre-existing medical conditions that contributed to his death, she included the boy’s passing with the reported 33 new COVID deaths over the long weekend.
Referencing an Edmonton City News story mentioning her brother’s death, Spitzer confirmed in her Facebook post “the 14-year-old on the article is my brother.”
“He died from Stage 4 brain cancer, not from covid. This is fake news,” said Spitzer in the post.
“He was diagnosed in January 2021, and hospitalized in August. Two days before his death he was tested for covid and it turned out positive.”
Spitzer goes on to request people share her post and inform others that this story is fake.
The Western Standard reached out to Alberta Health Services and Alberta Health for comment but did not hear back in time for publishing.
— Elizabeth Kennedy (@lizzyK_ab) October 13, 2021