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Judge to determine if civil trial goes ahead

The civil trial continued on Friday involving a Red Deer physician alleged to have caused brain damage during a procedure performed at Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre.

The trial, before Justice Monica Bast in Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench, reopened on Tuesday in an action that originally named the former David Thompson Health Region, as well as a dentist George Nye and anesthetist Alayne Farries.

Plaintiffs Sharon and Paul Gallant allege that their son, Shawn Gallant, suffered brain damage as the result of a dental procedure.

The family’s claim against the former health region and Nye has been discontinued, said Calgary lawyer Brian Devlin, who represents the Gallants.

The outcome of Friday’s arguments will determine whether the trial continues on Monday as scheduled, said Devlin.

Farries is represented by Laurie Goldbach, also of Calgary. A statement of defence from her client states that the procedure was “uneventful,” that there were no complications and that Shawn Gallant tolerated the procedure well.

 
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