A nurse at a Quebec hospital has been fired after a dying Indigenous woman streamed hospital staff mocking her.
The patient, Joyce Echaquan, recorded the footage Monday on Facebook Live while she was at Centre Hospitalier Régional de Lanaudière in Joliette for stomach pains.
In the video, reviewed by NBC News, Echaquan makes noises of extreme discomfort from her hospital bed. Hospital staff can be heard calling her “stupid as hell” in French while one nurse says Echaquan, a mother of seven, is “good at having sex, more than anything else.” Echaquan, 37, died later that day.
The local public health department said it “finds the comments heard in the video circulated on social media unacceptable” and “does not tolerate any such language on the part of its staff within the organization.”
“The investigation is underway, and a nurse has been fired,” the department said, according to NBC News.