An African immigrant to Canada has died just two days after posting a video from a Montreal area hospital bed pleading for help and accusing medical staff of ‘wanting to kill’ her by injecting her with penicillin even though she was allergic.
The coroner in the province of Quebec has launched an investigation into last Tuesday’s death of Mireille Ndjomouo, a 44-year-old single mother of three young children, from Cameroon.
Ndjomouo died two days after posting a video on social media saying she feared for her life while in the care of staff at Charles-Le Moyne Hospital in Longueuil and begging for a transfer to another facility.
‘Help me, I don’t want to die and leave my kids,’ she says in the now viral video.
‘I’m suffocating. I’m allergic to penicillin but then they injected me with penicillin, knowing full well that I’m allergic.’
She added: ‘My mouth is paralyzed, my face is also swollen…I’m not really the person you see on this video…I am slowly dying in this hospital.’
Ndjomouo was admitted to the hospital on March 1 after complaining of hip pain, but hospital staff placed her in isolation fearing she may have tuberculosis, according to the Montreal Gazette.
Members of the Cameroonian immigrant community in Montreal are demanding answers from authorities after last Tuesday’s death of Mireille Ndjomouo (pictured)
Ndjomouo, a 44-year-old single mother of three young children from Cameroon, died last Tuesday – two days after posting a video on social media (left) saying she feared for her life
Ndjomouo posted the video while hospitalized at Charles-Le Moyne Hospital in Longueuil (above). She said staff treated her with penicillin even though they knew she was allergic
A lawyer for the family said that while it would be premature to say that the medications she received caused her death, doctors have been unable to provide clear answers as to what happened.
In the video, Ndjomouo reported she was having difficulty breathing while experiencing pain throughout her body. She also complained of a swollen stomach.
‘It is as if they are killing me bit by bit,’ she said in the video while also urging members of the Cameroonian community to share the post.
‘I am asking the doctor to transfer me to another hospital, where I would be better followed, but he doesn’t want to.’
Ndjomouo claims in the video that medical staff used penicillin to treat her.
After receiving injections over a period of three days, Ndjomouo said a nurse noticed that her lips were swollen and the injections were halted.
After the video was widely shared online, members of the Cameroonian migrant community in Montreal arranged to have Ndjomouo transferred to Jewish General Hospital just across the St. Lawrence River.
Two days after posting the video and shortly after she was transferred to Jewish General, Ndjomouo died. No cause of death has been given.
Just prior to her death, Ndjomouo was diagnosed with lymphoma.
After Ndjomouo posted the video, her family and friends managed to get her transferred to Jewish General Hospital across the river in Montreal. She died there last Tuesday
A spokesperson for the coroner’s office in Quebec told DailyMail.com: ‘The investigation into this death is not complete.’
DailyMail.com has also reached out to the provincial administration seeking comment on Ndjomouo’s death.
The CBC reported that the regional administration that oversees the hospital, the CISSS de la Montérégie-Centre, is looking into the matter.
When reached by DailyMail.com, a spokesperson for Jewish General Hospital declined to comment on Monday, citing patient confidentiality.
On Saturday, Ndjomouo’s family was among those who staged a demonstration outside Charles-Le Moyne Hospital.
‘She’s gone, but many questions still remain about what happened to her,’ said Christine Ndjomouo, Mireille’s sister.
‘I keep hearing her voice saying, “Come and save me. Come and save me, they’re going to kill me. I’m all puffed up. Get me out of here.”
‘That’s what I hear every day since it happened,’ she said.
Ndjomouo’s sister set up a GoFundMe page to help the family pay for the body’s repatriation to her native Cameroon, where she will be laid to rest. Mireille Ndjomouo is pictured above
Christine told the CBC that her sister lost confidence in the care staff at Charles-LeMoyne.
The family negotiated with the hospital for some five hours before administrative staff agreed to transfer her to Jewish General.
Christine began a GoFundMe crowdfunding effort to help the family return Mireille’s body to her native Cameroon for burial.