(an update from James’ sister, Angela)
James went to Charlottetown’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital for pain radiation [on Thursday, Dec. 19]. He went via ambulance and my sister Sheila rode with him in the ambulance. He did not have his treatment until 5pm. He waited most of the day at the hospital. Sheila said he was in good spirits. After his treatment, he was transferred back to Summerside. About half an hour away, James stopped breathing a few times in the ambulance. They decided to return back to the hospital in Charlottetown. It did not look like he was going to make it. So his family members were called in. A priest gave him his last rites. Sheila was with him the whole time. The nurses prayed with Sheila afterwards. When I arrived, he didn’t look like he was going to make it. I told him to hang in until the rest got there. Slowly, he started coming around. I think our presence scared him back to life. He was then brought to a private room. I was able to speak to him and he had wondered what all the fuss was about. He didn’t remember anything. At this point he was able to articulate clearly to us. Irene and I are staying the night. Our goal tomorrow is to get him back to Summerside. He is stable, sleeping soundly.