Missing Medical Records: Evidence points to Cardston Alberta Doctor's involvement with Ezekiel Stephan during his stay at Lethbridge Hospital
David and Collet Stephan left their 18 month old baby boy in the hands of medical professionals at a rural hospital in Cardston Alberta. Their son had suffered a sudden respiratory arrest and had been rushed to meet an ambulance before entering the care of medical staff. Ezekiel was stabilized at the hospital and was prepped for transport to the Alberta Children's Hospital. His parents were told to meet him there.
The time where almost all records are missing for about 1.5 hours, was during Ezekiel's stop over in the Lethbridge Regional Hospital. Dr. Shauna Burkholder testified that the staff were too busy assisting Ezekiel to keep records at this time.
Medical records showed that there were at least; 3 doctors, 3 nurses, 3 EMS, 1 respiratory therapist, and the night staff of a regional hospital present during this time. Almost all records from 00:25 to 01:40 on March 14 2012 are currently missing. Dr. Shauna Burkholder was on the phone directing his care during this time.
Day one of the trial was not a surprise.
Registered Nurse and friend of Ezekiel's mother, Terrie Shaw testified that she visited and checked Ezekiel's vitals.
Collet Stephan had complained that he was more tired than usual and appeared to be achy with muscle stiffness.
Terrie testified that there was nothing she could see of concern and that if Collet wanted to know more then to take Ezekiel into a doctor. They looked up viral meningitis as a possible reason for the muscle stiffness but Ezekiel did not have the symptoms to match that either.
Ken Cherinowski, paramedic testified:
Dr Lloyd Clark testified:
A concern was raised over Dr. Clarkes previous notoriety which he earned in 2018 when he made some hard remarks to a group of homeless Natives in the small Southern Town of Cardston Alberta. News of his actions made national headlines.
Dr. Clark then continued on with his testimony. When asked to identify an X-ray he had ordered and interpreted he testified:
The Xray seen to the right shows a zoom in on the trachea. You can see on the film that the trachea, lungs and heart are all offset to the childs right side.
This could create catastrophic "intubation difficulties".
You can aslo see a dark spot in his trachea about the same size as the intubation tube. In the autopsy photos a deep gouge was found directly below this spot.
The medical Examiner would later testify that Ezekiel did not have an infection in his lung. It formed only on the outside of the lung. It is believed that the intubation tube placed in the back of the ambulance in the ambulance bay punctured Ezekiels Plural Cavity and created the infection.
Dr. Clarke was asked if he knew anything about a tracheal tear. He responded that it was the first time he had heard of it.
He was then shown the contents of the social media post he had complained about. The contents were exclusively limited to discussion surrounding a tracheal puncture.
At this point he claimed he was not qualified to speak to the difference between a tracheal tear and a tracheal puncture.
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Thank you to the individuals who have provided information thus far. Many people from AHS have come forward and have either provided information or told us to stop digging. Either way its been telling and has assisted us in determining who and what we need to focus on in the coming weeks of trial.
There is a current claim that Medical staff were too busy to document during this time.
Medical expert Shawna Burkholder testified of a severe cardiac issue while Ezekiel was in the Lethbridge Regional Hospital. She indicated this was a result of a Doctor from Cardston reducing Ezekiel's medication. The records surrounding this time are undiscoverable! We need your help!
Missing medical records have left large gaps in Ezekiel Stephan's care. Missing blood culture reports, un-finalized PCRs, missing charts and logs are all issues currently being dealt with during the Stephan trial.
Most concerning are is the fact that there is a large gap in records while a severe cardiac arrest was taking place, and evidence of a lethal overdose has been found.
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Court heard this week that Logs, charts and recorded phone calls from the Cardston Alberta Hospital all showed promise of a full or near full recovery for Ezekiel Stephan.
Ezekiel Stephan was transferred from the Cardston Alberta Hospital to the Lethbridge Alberta hospital. During transport, records show that he improved continually.
Here is where it gets sketchy. Medical logs, charts and records are almost entirely missing from 00:25 to 01:40.
During this time notes from other doctors at the Alberta Children's Hospital record numerous procedures and a now uncharted Cardiac Arrest. No charts, logs or records have ever been provided for over 55 minutes of this time frame. We do not know the identities of who witnessed the events at the Lethbridge Hospital and Alberta Health Services is claiming they have turned over all of the files that are now in their possession.
Records provided from this time frame have the attending physician stating "I was not involved..." Leaving the Stephan family wondering what he wasn't involved with. The ER Doctor who lives next to Ezekiel's grandfather now claims to have no memory of the events that took place that night.
No one has been willing to talk and the Medical Doctors who were involved have all now lawyered up with the legal firm Bennett- Jones.
Ezekiel Stephan did not have Meningitis.
Newly acquired medical records show that Ezekiel did not have Meningitis. This new information paints a grim picture of events that took place in the Lethbridge Regional Hospital.
Friday May 31, 2019 saw three hearings in the Lethbridge Court of Queen's Bench involving the parents of Ezekiel Stephan.
My head is still reeling from what I witnessed. I can only describe it as confusion, misrepresentations, strategic maneuvering and a complete lack of professionalism on all accounts.
Here's the breakdown of what took place:
The stay application was interesting. It started with David Stephan presenting a note from the Office of the Medical Examiner as an exhibit. In this note the writer noted that Valerie Wallace from the Crown's office called to ask if the Medical Examiner was aware of some evidence being sought by the Defence counsel.
She then proceeded to tell the writer that she did not want the evidence sent to her or for the ME's office to acquire it. She just wanted to know where to find it.