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Nurse should not have had role in life-support decision, jury hears

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There was a chance that patient Deanna Leblanc could have recovered if her life support had not been shut off by Midland nurse Joanna Flynn, a jury heard Thursday.

"It was too early to say if the injury she experienced was irreversible," said witness Dr. Neil Lazar, director of the intensive care unit at Toronto General hospital and a renowned expert on end-of-life procedures.

Nurse Joanna Flynn, 51, has admitted she disconnected Leblanc's life support without authority, but pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and criminal negligence causing death.

Leblanc, 39, a wife and mother of two, went into cardiac arrest in the middle of the night and was resuscitated several times before being put on a ventilator at the Midland hospital on March 2, 2014.

Midland doctors testified Leblanc would have had severe brain damage from lack of oxygen to her brain - however there was "too much uncertainty" to make that diagnosis, said Lazar. He explained Leblanc was on an hourly intravenous sedating drug to keep her comfortable, which could have affected brain activity.

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