Women take plea for help to Queen’s Park
Every day, Brooklyn Mills hopes she’ll wake up from a horrible nightmare.
“I don’t think there is ever a day when I don’t feel like crap,” Mills, 22, told a news conference at Queen’s Park Wednesday.
The Oakville woman suffers from Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), a disease affecting the body’s connective tissue.
She and Erika Crawford, 20, came to Queen’s Park to plead with Health Minister Eric Hoskins to fund their out-of-country treatment.
They’ve been told OHIP won’t pay for their surgeries because there are doctors who can treat EDS in this country. These two brave young women say that’s just not true.
They’ve been written off by the health-care system here.
Diagnosed six years ago, at one point Mills’ doctors here gave up on her. She could no longer even sit up in bed.
“I deteriorated to a frail, almost lifeless girl,” she recalled.
The doctors told her there was nothing more they could do for her.