After playing an ad — an overtly political ad — to illustrate a point about health care, and how Canadian health care is discussed, we received a ton of mail asking us to take a critical look at the ad itself. Well, there's plenty of information on Shona Holmes, the woman who claims that the Canadian public health care system would have threatened her life after a rare cyst was discovered near her pituitary glad. From the Mayo Clinic website, where Holmes was treated:
Dr. Naresh Patel, neurosurgeon, diagnosed Holmes as having a Rathke's cleft cyst (RCC). The rare, fluid-filled sac grows near the pituitary gland at the base of the brain and eventually can cause hormone and vision problems. Dr. Patel joined forces with Drs. David W. Dodick, neurologist, and Michael D. Whitaker, endocrinologist, to work on Holmes' case.
Their further tests revealed an increase in the size of her cyst over a short period of time as well as progressively worsening vision. "I was concerned that the pressure on Shona's nervers was causing her to become blind," says Dr. Patel. "We needed to remove the cyst to save her vision."
In this post, there are links to some more articles. And we'll discuss your response in letters.