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Charges won't bring her back: Husband

By Joe Warmington, Toronto Sun

Mike Leblanc in his Midland home with pictures of his wife Deanna Leblanc, who died in hospital in March 2014. (Tracy McLaughlin photo/Special to the Toronto Sun)

Mike Leblanc in his Midland home with pictures of his wife Deanna Leblanc, who died in hospital in March 2014. (Tracy McLaughlin photo/Special to the Toronto Sun)

It’s shaping up to be one of those sensational cases that has legal and law enforcement professionals and right-to-die advocates following every step.

But for the husband of the alleged victim, it’s more about finding answers why his soul mate died so young while under medical care.

After all, when he saw the nurse tending to his wife Deanna now charged in her death, Mike Leblanc said he thought the love of his life in a health crisis was in good hands.

“She seemed nice when I first met her,” the widower of his wife’s nurse who earlier in the day was charged with manslaughter.

In retrospect, he now has questions.

“She had her own opinions,” he said, adding he won’t discuss what they were until the appropriate time.

But he does recall the nurse had just started her shift and “she just said a lot of stuff that, I guess, played with my head at the time.”

The nurse at Georgian Bay General Hospital, Joanna Flynn, 50, of Wyevale, was charged by Midland Police Thursday with manslaughter and criminal negligence causing death.

She has been released on $50,000 bail. The charges have yet to be tested in court and she is innocent until proven guilty.

Midland Police Service Insp. Ron Wheeldon would not elaborate on what the alleged motive was other than to say that “life support was terminated” allegedly without approval, according to their exhaustive, year-long investigation.

“I don’t think I’d comment on the complexity of the investigation itself because it may reveal within itself what the investigation is about,” said Wheeldon. “To preserve the integrity of this investigation and the pending case before the court, no further information will be released.”

Flynn did not comment when approached Thursday night.

But for a devastated husband and father it’s more about trying to come to terms with everything that happened a little more than a year ago when his 39-year-old wife of 20-years unexpectedly died just hours after a routine knee procedure.

On how she went from healthy to being on life support to dead in just 36 hours. He wants answers.

“I want to know what happened,” Leblanc said in an interview with the Sun.

The last year has been difficult for he and his two teen boys Mathew, 18, and Daniel, 15 and his daughter from an earlier relationship Shelby, in her 20s.

“She was the best mother,” he said.

The final moments of Deanna’s life, he said, were a blur.

And then came the stunning news.

The “cause of death came back as homicide,” said an emotional Mike. “Georgian Bay Hospital pointed it out to police. I found out a week after my wife died that there was more to it than what I had thought there was.”

Then came a whole year of wondering and waiting. Police told him this was a unique case, he said.

“That’s why it took a year to charge her, because they went through all the Crowns looking to see if they could ever come up with a case, something similar, and I guess they couldn’t,” said Mike Leblanc, 49. “They said this is going to be a precedent.”

Whatever happens, Mike said, it is not going to bring back his Deanna. 


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