Questions left unanswered after night of suffering by Wettlaufer victim

Jonathan Sher, The London Free Press

Staff at a Woodstock nursing home failed to ask key questions after the death of a non-diabetic resident who spent her last hours suffering from the most grotesque symptoms of plunging blood sugars, Ontario’s chief coroner told a public inquiry Tuesday. Helen Young, a veteran of the Second World War, spent her last night at Caressant Care moaning in pain, her eyes bulging, her words slurred, her legs and arms bent inward and her skin torn after she tried to escape her wheelchair and was restrained by staff. Her descent to death in July 2013 came after killer nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer twice injected her with large doses of insulin, each time telling Young it was pain medication. While other staff at the home would not learn of the killing spree until three years later, the way Young died should have triggered questions that were not asked, Dirk Huyer, chief coroner of Ontario, told the inquiry. “It would be worth asking more questions. . . . This is not the silent death overnight. This was a clinical change,” Huyer testified.

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