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.