Horwath Smears Hospital Then Shifts Story

TORONTO, Sept. 28, 2011 /CNW/ - In last night's Leaders Debate, Andrea Horwath smeared her local hospital and the staff there.  Now her story keeps shifting.

Horwath told Ontarians last night that her son went to the ER with a fractured elbow, but complained "they didn't do anything... They sent him home, said it doesn't really need anything, they can't afford a cast..."

Today Horwath changed her story.  She told the Hamilton Spectator "her son received an x-ray."  So much for not doing "anything" to help.

Then she admitted to Toronto radio station CFRB that her son didn't need a cast in the first place: "My son's fracture was one that, uh, he was told that he didn't need it to be casted.  There's no point in paying for a cast, is what they said, because none of the bones moved."

Under further questioning at a noon media availability, Horwath retreated further saying:"I wasn't there, so I can't judge that."

The Hamilton Health Sciences Centre blew the whistle on Andrea Horwath's drive-by-smear:

The hospital's chief of emergency medicine would not speak on the specifics of the Horwath case, but said it is common for elbow fractures not to be put in a cast.

Dr. Bill Krizmanich said the most common elbow injury from skateboarding is a radial head fracture which normally heals permanently in about four to six weeks with very few future problems, he said.

"In those, we don't splint and we don't cast. It heals on its own …(and) early mobilization of joints is helpful."

- TheSpec.com, September 28, 2011

"It's incredibly disappointing that Ms. Horwath chose to misrepresent the facts. She continues to show that she will put her herself ahead of the truth," said Laurel Broten, Ontario Liberal candidate (Etobicoke-Lakeshore).

SOURCE Ontario Liberal Party

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