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Letters to the editor: Friday August 12, 2011

We need more articles like that about how families and their mentallyill loved ones suffer because of lack of appropriate care for them inCanada.

RE: ‘She was like a very bright light trapped in a dark room’, published Aug. 10.

We need more articles like that about how families and their mentally ill loved ones suffer because of lack of appropriate care for them in Canada.

Our situation is very alike. We too, sent our daughter to a U.S. hospital for treatment that is not available in Canada.

It was very hard to be admitted to the hospital in the U.S. in the first place because they knew there was no appropriate and crucial follow up in Canada after treatment. We too paid about $45,000 US per month for hospitalization, then tried to place our daughter in a private facility in Manitoba. It all didn’t work only because in the city like Toronto there is no facility to follow up after treatments abroad.

After so many years reaching out for help our daughter is losing hope. It is a shame for the nation not to care for the most vulnerable and very ill, helpless citizens. Most of them end up living on the streets, hungry and with no support or medical help.

Zofia Oleszek, Toronto

 
 
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