Ross Says Health Ministry Needed Key Information to Help Fund Leah Wiebe's Cancer Treatment in USA

7/17/2017

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross says the BC government was waiting for some key information before it could approve out-of-country medical expenses for a Terrace woman battling life-threatening leukemia -- but once it had it, it moved quickly.

Twenty-nine-year-old Leah Wiebe has been told her only chance of survival is undergoing a new treatment called CAR-T Therapy in Seattle, Washington -- a treatment that just received the endorsement of the American Food and Drug Administration.

But Ross said the BC government had to have a letter of recommendation from the doctors involved in order to move forward.

"I think government was missing some key information -- specifically letters of recommendation and it's not an easy situation when you're dealing with taxpayers dollars regarding these types of treatments, especially if it's out of country and especially if it's deemed as experimental -- so there was a lot of work being done by government but they've gotta be accountable for any types of those funds that are expended on behalf of taxpayers," explained Ross.

Fundraising has been continuing for Leah's family, since any emergency or unrelated medical expenses are NOT covered by the government.

[Reported by Robert Pictou]