“I feel like they left me to die.”
John River is an aspiring rapper with a lot of potential, but he faced a life threatening situation and defeated it in the last couple of years. His government name is Matthew John Derrick-Huie and there was an online campaign “Let’s Save Matthew” after word got out about his years long critical condition.
He walked into a Toronto hospital in December 2017 because of shortness of breath and severe headaches. His story tells of people like himself who fall through the cracks of the healthcare system. He has launched a lawsuit against the doctor whom he alleges neglected to treat him. . He says that he was accused by a triage nurse of being a drug-user and faking his symptoms to get narcotics.
“I feel like I was stereotyped, abused, assaulted, dismissed and humiliated by our healthcare system,” River tells CityNews in a one-on-one interview. “They kept telling me I had anxiety or depression … and I was imagining a problem.”
According to John River, on different occasions on his trip to the hospital for help he was given wrong information or treated as an uneducated person unable to understand what he was going through was anxiety and depression. A physician during another time recommended getting a spinal tap procedure, where a needle would remove a fluid sample from his spine for testing. Health workers also warned the Mississauga native that the procedure came with risks: the tap could trigger a brain fluid leak, and experience symptoms that would make him “want to die.”
From there River went through the worst time of his life experiencing the consequences of what he was warned about by the physician.
He has since taken it a step further going to the head of the Ontario government in Doug Ford. He made some scathing remarks against the government below on a big platform.
He took to Instagram to get the word out on his campaign against the broken system. “I went to the government & told the truth. The black revolution is here and I will die for it. Follow me, I’ll lead you” stated the rapper.