Hamilton Spectator: Experts say dramatic decline of Joseph Brant patient is a symptom of a crisis in health care

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To mark World News Day on September 28, 2022, the World News Day campaign is sharing stories that have had a significant social impact. This particular story, which was shared by the Hamilton Spectator, was first published on June 29, 2022.

Ken O’Leary was walking, talking and preparing for a cruise. After being admitted to the Burlington hospital, he rapidly declined. Four months later, he was dead in a hospice. The hospital says he received ‘appropriate care.’

Ken O’Leary could walk, shower, shave and feed himself when he arrived at Joseph Brant Hospital. 

The 87-year-old Burlington man loved eating on a restaurant patio, hanging out in the backyard with his grandkids or watching a Toronto Maple Leafs hockey game in September 2021… 

To read the full story on the Hamilton Spectator’s website, please click here