“Because it’s just another native woman. Just another native woman that passed away. Just another native woman who goes missing.” Eleanor Sinclair
Those are the sentiments expressed by a grieving mother who recently lost her pregnant daughter in a tragic series of events.
Eleanor Sinclair has many questions for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA).
- “Why didn’t they try harder?”
- “Why didn’t they call me right away?”
- “Why didn’t they call the police?”
She also has questions about racism;
“I feel they failed her because she was a native woman,” she said in an interview with a local newspaper.
The Back Story
On December 25, 2017, Windy Sinclair (29) was taken by ambulance to the Seven Oaks General Hospital after she placed a call to 911 seeking assistance.
It appears Sinclair had substance abuse issues and may have taken an overdose.
Her drug of choice is believed to be crystal methamphetamine.
Reports indicate she left the hospital at around 11:30 p.m., before being discharged.
On December 28, 2017, Sinclair’s frozen body was found in a back lane in the 300 block of Furby Street.
Her movements after leaving the hospital are not clear.
It’s important to note the cause of death is not yet known and will not likely be disclosed until some time in the spring.
Sinclair was a mother of four (4) young children and was two months pregnant at the time of her death.
Her mother has voiced her displeasure with the WRHA and accused them of attempting a “cover-up.”
She has other questions;
- “Why would they leave her in the room when she’s clearly under the influence?”
- “Why didn’t they keep a better eye on her?”
- “Why didn’t they look after her safety?”
The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority has indicated they are conducting an investigation into this matter.
It appears that Sinclair received an initial assessment by a nurse and was seen by a physician who ordered a number of tests. When the physician returned with the results Sinclair was nowhere to be found.
Reports indicate staff conducted a search for her with negative results.
Reports also suggest staff tried to contact her next of kin with negative results.
In a statement released to the press the WRHA indicated;
“When a patient leaves before care is complete without informing staff, a Code Yellow may be called and a procedure undertaken to search for the individual. Our internal review will include an investigation to determine if a Code Yellow was called in this case.”
“If a physician believes a patient may be a risk to themselves or others, they can ‘form’ a patient under the Mental Health Act and have them detained at the hospital. This is judgement call made by the health care team. It is not possible to detain patients against their will who are not being held under the Mental Health Act provisions.”
The Power of Addiction
The power of addiction is a difficult thing to understand.
The power of a crystal meth addiction is almost beyond comprehension.
Is drug use a choice as many suggest or is it a disease?
Those who believe it’s a choice draw comparisons to cancer patients who can’t decide to stop having cancer while addicts have the power to stop abusing substances.
Those who believe it’s a disease stress it’s the physiological & psychological changes caused by substance abuse that alter a persons decision-making ability, therefore it’s a disease.
Both arguments seem to have merit.
I lean towards the choice argument but concede it’s a grey area for me.
The Arrest Warrant
The question regarding why Windy Sinclair would leave the comfort of the hospital is a valid one, a question that’s generated much speculation.
If she was under the influence of crystal meth she may have simply had the heebie-jeebies and needed to get out of there.
I’ve seen that behaviour many times.
(People under the influence leaving the hospital in the middle treatment is a common occurrence.)
There is another possibility.
In a Facebook post Eleanor Sinclair indicated the police told her Windy had a warrant out for her arrest.
This information has not been reported in the press.
(The information regarding the arrest warrant has been confirmed.)
The possibility exists that Windy may have left the hospital to avoid arrest by police.
It’s something we have to consider.
We may never know her true motivation.
The Final Analysis
The case of Windy Sinclair is a tragic one no matter how you look at it.
Some may be more moved than others.
Ultimately, four (4) young children have been left without a mother.
That will surely cause a lifetime of regret and pain for them.
The unanswered questions are sure to plague Eleanor Sinclair.
Those questions are not likely to be answered before the autopsy results and a hard time-line re-tracing Windy’s last steps are known.
Until those facts are known, I respectfully suggest there really is no point in playing the race-card.
The WRHA investigation is ongoing.
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