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Responders sued for ‘invasive exam’ of pregnant woman

The woman, eight months pregnant at the time, claims that volunteer firefighters convinced her to submit to a cervical exam and they used dirty gloves

By Sherri Borden Colley
The Herald News

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia — A Fall River woman who claims volunteer firefighters wore dirty gloves and used no antiseptic during an “invasive examination” of her cervix last year is suing the Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency department and the municipality.

In a statement of claim filed at Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Halifax, the mother, identified by the initials N.K., says that on June 7, 2014, she was about eight months pregnant when three volunteer firefighters came to her residence to check her blood pressure.

The suit identifies one firefighter as Nola Heinz but does not name the others. The firefighters, N.K. alleges, pressured her to have a physical examination to determine if she was experiencing contractions, was dilated or was going into labour.

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