FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AUGUST 7, 2013
PROVINCE MUST FUND TREATMENT TO SAVE YOUNG GIRL IN ST. ALBERT: NDP
EDMONTON – Today, New Democrat health critic David Eggen sent a letter to Minister Fred Horne requesting that he immediately approve funding for Aleena Sadownyk, a St. Albert toddler, who requires life-saving medical treatment. Eggen is also calling on the PC government to list the necessary treatment for future patients.
“This is another sad and stark example of the PCs’ approach to health care—they prefer to diminish and delist services instead of strengthening and expanding them,” said Eggen. “As a result, this young girl and her family have been forced into a crisis constructed from PC neglect.”
Aleena suffers from the rare enzyme deficiency disease MPS VI, and the treatment, Naglazyme, is not currently funded by the province. Previous attempts by the family to secure funding for Aleena’s treatment have been unsuccessful.
“The PCs must immediately fund treatment for this young girl,” said Eggen. “Beyond that, the Minister needs to commit to funding treatment for others in the future.”
A copy of Eggen’s letter to the Minister is attached. (HERE)