Canadian Dr Diagnosis Woman With Climate Change
An emergency room in Canada recently gave a patient with underlying health conditions a one-of-a-kind diagnosis.
Dr. Kyle Merritt examined a woman in her seventies who was suffering from dehydration, asthma, and diabetes and he added another diagnosis to the list, climate change. The woman lived in a trailer in Nelson, British Colombia, with no air conditioning in the unbearable summer heat, as Canada experienced temperatures above 100 degrees in 2021.
At the time the woman was admitted, hospitals were overrun as smoke from wildfires in both Canada and the United States affected Canadians. The record-breaking temperatures were responsible for the deaths of approximately 600 people in British Colombia.
“I think that we’ve learned that climate change is essentially required in order for it to get that hot where we live,” Merritt said, according to NBC News. “Without the heat, she would not have been admitted to hospital. So I thought it was accurate.”
Merritt’s unique diagnosis was mentioned in a statement released by the physician-activist organization “Doctors for Planetary Health,” as they planned a protest in Victoria, British Colombia, and another in Merritt’s hometown of Nelson.