Yet another near disaster in Canada's socialized health care system, as a man desperately searched for a hospital to give him an emergency appendectomy:
. . . the 21-year-old Gatineau [Quebec] student went to bed, thinking he'd feel better by the morning. But when he woke up the next day, the pain was still there, and it was getting worse.
He headed to Gatineau Memorial Hospital, thinking that doctors would soon figure out what was ailing him and take care of it.
He never imagined the ordeal that would follow: The young man was turned away from five hospitals, got lost in an ambulance and, 28 hours after he was diagnosed, he had a burst appendix removed -- in Montreal.