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Woman had vision problems after seeing chiropractor
Severe headache also followed manipulation, inquest told
Peter Small
Staff Reporter
Lana Dale Lewis complained to hospital staff that she had peripheral vision problems immediately following her last chiropractic manipulation, an inquest into her death has been told.

Queensway General Hospital records indicate that on Sept. 3, 1996, two days after she was admitted with a stroke, the 45-year-old Etobicoke woman complained that she had had "poor peripheral vision ever since onset of headaches and left neck pain," the five-person inquest jury heard yesterday.

Peripheral vision loss is one symptom of stroke.

In a previous entry, she told neurologist Dr. Al-Noor Dhanani of a severe headache that began from the time of the neck manipulation administered by her chiropractor, Philip Emanuele, the inquest heard.

In another entry, a nurse noted that the patient "complained about a ringing in her ears for many days."

Jim Sweeney, Lewis' spouse of 12 years, read out the hospital entries at the request of Lewis family lawyer Amani Oakley, who was cross-examining him.

Lewis died in hospital after suffering at least two strokes on Sept. 12, 1996.

In other testimony yesterday, Sweeney admitted under cross-examination by Brian Foster, Emanuele's lawyer, that he is not sure his wife booked off sick from work during several days after her last visit to the chiropractor on Aug. 26. "I am not certain," he said, in contrast his testimony Monday, where he said he clearly recalled she was much too sick with a headache to go to work on several days that week.

Sweeney also agreed with Foster that when his wife was seeing Emanuele for ongoing migraine headaches, "for a while she seemed to be doing pretty good."

But Sweeney insisted that Emanuele, who was also treating him, had once reached over the examining table and cracked his neck, rather than walking over to the other side, as he usually did, and on another occasion had cracked one side of his neck against his express wishes.

But Foster said he anticipated that his client would testify that he never once adjusted Sweeney's neck.

The inquest continues.


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