Woman had ringing in ears, inquest told
Hospital staff noted repeated complaints after neck treatment
Peter Small
Lana Dale Lewis repeatedly complained to hospital staff about headache, neck pain and ringing in the ears following her final chiropractic neck manipulation, an inquest into her death has heard.

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

In a previous entry, she told neurologist Dr. Al-Noor Dhanani the headache began at the time of the neck manipulation administered by chiropractor Philip Emanuele, the inquest was told yesterday.

In another entry on Sept. 3, a nurse noted that the patient complained about a ringing in her right ear "for many days."

Peripheral vision loss and ringing in the ears are symptoms of stroke.

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

Under questioning, Jim Sweeney, Lewis' spouse of 12 years, read out the hospital entries at the request of Lewis family lawyer Amani Oakley.

In one entry on Sept. 2, a nurse noted that Lewis complained of a persistent "knot or ball feeling" in the back of the left side of the neck.

Sweeney testified yesterday that his wife was much too sick to work on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday after her last chiropractic visit on Monday, Aug. 26.

In testimony this Tuesday, however, Sweeney admitted under questioning by Brian Foster, Emanuele's lawyer, that he is not sure she booked off that week. "I am not certain," he said.

Sweeney also agreed with Foster that for a time after his wife began seeing Emanuele for ongoing migraine headaches in February, 1995, she seemed to do well. "For awhile 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 the far side of his neck, rather than walking over to the other side, as he usually did, and on another occasion cracked one side of his neck against his express wishes.

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

The inquest continues Monday.

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