Excerpt of Article by CBC News
A brain-injury advocate says the story of David Lecky, the man with no short term memory stuck at a Halifax emergency department, is typical of the challenges facing Nova Scotians with severe brain injuries.
Lecky has been waiting in a locked room in the Halifax Infirmary building for nearly two days. His sister, Theresa Kersey, says she can no longer take care of him.
After two serious brain injuries, Lecky has no short term memory.
Following eight months in rehab, Kersey tried to care for him at home. But when left alone, he urinated off the porch, burned her books and twice flooded the home with propane.
“I feel really badly for him,” said Leona Burkey, executive director of the Brain Injury Association of Nova Scotia.
As an advocate for people with acquired brain injuries, Burkey says she’s frustrated. “Lots of people are aware that there’s a problem. We’re just missing the will to do something about it.”
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