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Family seeks answers after woman suspected of having COVID-19 restrained and later dies in hospital

The family of a Toronto woman admitted to hospital on suspicion of having COVID-19 is demanding answers after she had an altercation with security, which they say left her unconscious and in intensive care.

Her relatives also received no word on her condition until just days before she died.

For 11 days, as Danielle Stephanie Warriner lay alone in a hospital bed, her family had no idea where she was or that she’d been restrained by guards and would never regain consciousness.

Five days after the family was finally contacted, the 43-year-old Warriner died. 

“I had no opportunity to communicate with her, I had no opportunity to support her,” her sister Denise Warriner told CBC News. “Whether it was going to help her or not, she didn’t have anybody there … It absolutely tears me apart.”

CBC News has learned two people employed with University Health Network (UHN) have been let go as a result of an ongoing internal review of what happened.

Struggles with bipolar disorder

Stephanie, as her family called her, was the younger of two sisters. Denise Warriner said her sister wore her heart on her sleeve.

“She felt everything,” Warriner said, recalling how as a child, Stephanie was fascinated with butterflies. One day, when the two girls came upon a dead butterfly in their backyard, Stephanie “just cried and cried and cried.”

Stephanie, as her family called her, was the younger of two sisters. She wore her heart on her sleeve, said her sister, Denise Warriner. (Submitted by Denise Warriner)

“It affected her so deeply … And that’s the kind of person that she grew to be as an adult.”

As the years went on, Stephanie struggled with bipolar disorder and substance abuse. 

At the best of times, she was “spunky” and “laughed at her own jokes,” her sister said. But things took a turn for the worse after a romantic breakup in March, which led to Stephanie living in a shelter.

Then, in late April, she was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.

On April 21, Stephanie was admitted to Toronto General Hospital with symptoms of pneumonia. Against the advice of doctors, she left the facility multiple times, only to be brought back by police.

She was released on May 5 after further tests for the virus came back negative. But by May 10, she was back at the hospital, delirious and short of breath.

What happened next — and how Stephanie ended up dead following an incident with guards — is now the subject of a Toronto police investigation, a coroner’s investigation and an internal review by UHN, which includes Toronto General and several other hospitals. 

Hospital staff let go, disciplined

For months, Denise Warriner has been trying to find out exactly what transpired after her sister was admitted to the hospital.

As Denise Warriner’s fight for answers continues, she said she again finds herself in the role of Stephanie’s bodyguard, like when they were kids. (Chris Glover/CBC)

In addition to the two people who were let go from the hospital, two others have faced “internal disciplinary action,” UHN spokesperson Gillian Howard said in an emailed statement Tuesday. Whether these four employees were security staff or medical professionals, Howard would not specify. Nor would she say what kind of discipline they received.

The organization did not address specific questions about whether any protocol was broken, how many guards were allegedly involved or why Stephanie’s family wasn’t contacted for 11 days, saying UHN cannot discuss individual details outside a patient’s “circle of care.”

UHN also did not respond when asked about its policies around notifying emergency contacts. 

“We are extremely sorry that this happened at UHN and are working with the family, the Coroner and the Toronto Police Service to ensure that this incident is fully understood and the appropriate actions are taken now and in the future,” the statement said.

It’s the first major development Stephanie’s family has seen since her death — one her sister says they only learned about from speaking with CBC News.

“This is complete news to me … I don’t think that shows a commitment to transparency,” Denise Warriner said.

Handcuffed, later went into cardiac arrest

According to what her family has been able to piece together from medical records, Stephanie made her way to Toronto General Hospital on May 10, with confusion and shortness of breath. In addition to her mental health issues, she suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a lung condition with symptoms that can resemble those of COVID-19.

This time, a doctor told her, she would need to stay put. Not surprisingly to her sister, she tried to leave the next day.

Security was called to track her down, and told that she might have COVID-19. By the time they found her, Stephanie had made it down to the hospital’s main floor.

How much of a physical threat must she have been 5’4″, 120 lbs. and unable to breathe?– Denise Warriner

According to records seen by CBC News, security located her outside a service elevator, where she became “combative.” She was handcuffed and shortly after, went into cardiac arrest.

She was revived and taken to intensive care, where she began having seizures. On May 20, she was transferred to Toronto Western Hospital. At the time, her family was still unaware of what had happened to her.

‘How much of a physical threat must she have been?’

Meanwhile, Denise Warriner had been trying to track her sister down. She had made calls to police and various hospitals, and was getting ready to file a missing person’s report.

“[They] knew who I was, [they] knew where I was and I was grasping at straws trying to contact her,” Warriner said, noting she was listed as her sister’s emergency contact and had been phoned during previous hospital stays. 

It wasn’t until May 22 — 11 days after the incident with guards — that Warriner finally got a phone call. It was Toronto Western Hospital, which said her sister was in intensive care with a brain injury.

By May 27, Stephanie was dead, leaving her family reeling and with many questions.

On May 10, Stephanie Warriner made her way to Toronto General Hospital with confusion and shortness of breath. The following day, she tried to leave and was restrained by guards before becoming unresponsive. (David Donnelly/CBC)

“How much of a physical threat must she have been [at] 5’4″, 120 lbs. and unable to breathe? Where is the reasonable threat assessment here?” Denise Warriner asked.

She also asked why the hospital didn’t issue a “code white,” which would have sent in staff trained in de-escalation —something the hospital would not comment on when asked by CBC News.

“There’s just so many gaps, so much information missing … It smells like rotten apples,” Warriner said.

Denied access to video footage

CBC News has confirmed video footage of the incident exists — but so far, the family has not been allowed to see it.

Toronto Police have so far turned down Denise Warriner’s requests to view the footage, she said, telling her instead to file an access to information request. That request was denied.

For months, Denise Warriner, right, has been trying to find out exactly what transpired after her sister Stephanie, left, was admitted to hospital. (Submitted by Denise Warriner)

Meanwhile, she has sent a letter to Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders and the detective in charge of the case, pleading for the video to be shared with the family.

In a statement, Toronto police said they have received a letter from the family’s lawyer and are conducting a “sudden death investigation and are thoroughly reviewing all of the circumstances around it.”

“The investigators remain in contact with the family and will continue to update them as appropriate while maintaining the integrity of the investigation,” the statement said.

Meanwhile, as Warriner’s fight for answers continues, she finds herself again in the role of Stephanie’s bodyguard, as she was when they were kids — only this time, her sister is no longer around. 

“It just hurts my heart, it really hurts my heart,” Warriner said. “She had walked into a hospital to access help … and she leaves on her deathbed.”

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Manchester City player breaks lockdown after having party involving two sex workers

England defender Kyle Walker is facing disciplinary action from English Premier League team Manchester City after appearing to break lockdown conditions during the coronavirus pandemic.

The 29-year-old Walker apologized on Sunday after it was widely reported he held a party involving two sex workers at his home last week, breaking the government’s rules on social distancing. The country is in the middle of a three-week lockdown.

“I want to take this opportunity to issue a public apology for the choices I made last week which have resulted in a story today [Sunday] about my private life in a tabloid newspaper,” Walker’s statement read.

“I understand that my position as a professional footballer brings the responsibility of being a role model. As such, I want to apologize to my family, friends, football club, supporters and the public for letting them down.”

He added: “My actions in this matter are in direct contrast to what I should have been doing regarding the lockdown. And I want to re-iterate the message: Stay home, stay safe.”

City said it will now look into Walker’s conduct.

A club statement read: “Manchester City FC are aware of a story in a tabloid newspaper regarding the private life of Kyle Walker in relation to a breach of the UK lockdown and social distancing rules.

Team is ‘disappointed’ in Walker’s actions

“Footballers are global role models, and our staff and players have been working to support the incredible efforts of the NHS [National Health Service] and other key workers in fighting the effects of the COVID-19, in any way we can. Kyle’s actions in this matter have directly contravened these efforts.

“We are disappointed to hear the allegations, note Kyle’s swift statement and apology, and will be conducting an internal disciplinary procedure in the coming days.”

Walker, who has made 48 appearances for England, is the second high-profile EPL player to have been caught flouting the government’s guidelines after Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish.

The Villa captain went to a party last weekend and was pictured next to a road in slippers, just hours after he posted a video urging fans to stay safe at home on social media.

As of Sunday, Britain has recorded more than 4,900 virus deaths overall among nearly 48,000 reported cases.

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Having rejected Trump’s peace plan, Palestinians worry ‘what will happen next?’

Palestinian farmers who cultivate tomatoes and cucumbers in greenhouses in the Jordan Valley always keep one eye on their crops, which provide their livelihoods. But they also look toward the city they revere — and fear losing.

Massoud Abu Thabbet worries the peace plan put forward last week by U.S. President Donald Trump will mean he’ll lose the land his family has farmed for generations.

He rejects Trump’s promise that the deal would improve the Palestinian economy.

“Even if they paved these roads with gold, we will not accept. How can we have streets full of gold and then I cannot get to my Jerusalem to pray?” said Abu Thabbet.

Jerusalem is home to the third-holiest site in Islam, the Noble Sanctuary, where the al-Aqsa mosque sits. Known also as the Temple Mount, the site is considered the holiest place of worship for Jews.

For Palestinians, al-Aqsa is a national as well as a religious shrine. They insist that any future Palestinian state would have East Jerusalem as its capital and would include the mosque.

Palestinians say the status of Jerusalem is the main obstacle to their acceptance of Trump’s plan.

For Abu Thabbet and many other Palestinians, the status of the holy city of Jerusalem is the main obstacle to their acceptance of Trump’s proposed peace plan. (Irris Makler/CBC)

There are other elements that it would be difficult for them to sign onto, including the recognition of Israel as a Jewish state and the decision not to allow the return of any Palestinian refugees to their ancestral homes inside Israel.

But they say the most painful proposal is the decision to designate Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

This part of Washington’s plan is not accepted internationally, as most countries, including Canada, consider that Jerusalem’s status should be settled by negotiations between the parties.

The plan, which Trump has long called the “deal of the century,” proposes granting the Palestinians limited self-rule in parts of the West Bank, while allowing Israel ultimately to retain the settlements it has built there and also to annex the Jordan Valley.

‘Declaration of war’

The Palestinians rejected the plan outright, with President Mahmoud Abbas saying “1,000 times no” and PLO official Elias Zananiri declaring it “nothing less than a declaration of war on the Palestinian people.”

Abbas had already broken off contact with this Washington administration when it recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in 2017.

After that, there was no Palestinian input into the negotiations for the Trump plan, and no Palestinian presence in the East Room in the White House when the plan was announced.

Trump unveiled his long-awaited Mideast peace plan at the White House last week, alongside a beaming Benjamin Netanyahu. It presented a vision that matched the Israeli leader’s hardline, nationalist views but fell short of Palestinian ambitions. (Susan Walsh/The Associated Press)

Some Israeli analysts have suggested that Trump’s deal was in fact geared towards Israeli annexation of the Jordan Valley and other areas of the West Bank.

Barak Ravid, diplomatic correspondent for Israel’s Channel 13 news, argued this was the case because no Palestinian leader, no matter how moderate, could agree to Trump’s terms.

“It’s a non-starter. So you could infer that the aim of this plan is to enable Israel to annex the Jordan Valley and the Jewish settlements in the West Bank, while everything else stays the same,” he said. “And that has been the response from many on the Israeli right.”

The Jordan Valley is an arid region covering almost one-quarter of the occupied West Bank, bordering the Kingdom of Jordan. It’s sparsely populated, with around 52,000 Palestinians and about 8,000 Jewish settlers, according to separate figures from Israeli and Palestinian official surveys from 2018 and 2017 respectively.

The Jordan Valley is a sparsely populated farming region that makes up about one-quarter of the West Bank. (Irris Makler/CBC)

Israel argues that, as the gateway to Jordan, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, the region is of strategic importance.

Announcing his intention to annex it last month, Netanyahu said the Jordan Valley was vital to Israel’s security.

“This is our essential safety belt in the east. This is the eastern defensive wall.”

But Israel did not take this step at any time since it captured the West Bank in 1967 because of international opposition, including from Jordan across the border, one of only two Arab countries to sign a peace deal with Israel.

‘Best deal’

Amos Gilad, a former chief of Israeli military intelligence, declared Trump’s plan to be the “best deal” any U.S. president has ever offered Israel.

“Israel should grab this deal with both hands,” said Gilad, director of the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya.

Both Israel’s largest political parties, the right-wing Likud party and the centrist Blue and White party, have said they favour annexing the Jordan Valley, even before upcoming elections in March 2020.

Washington has so far put a brake on unilateral Israeli actions. Trump’s senior adviser, his son-in-law Jared Kushner, said they did not want to see any annexations before the Israeli elections.

Complex relations

The Jewish settlement of B’kaot is perched on the ridge above the mosque in the village of Frush Bet Dajan, where Massoud Abu Thabbet’s greenhouses are located.

Relations between Jewish settlers and Palestinian villagers, both mostly farmers, are complex.

Hazem Abu Muntaser sings the call to prayer at the mosque every Friday. He also runs a grocery store across the road. There’s a TV in the corner, but no cash register. He collects the money in a drawer.

Hazem Abu Muntaser runs a grocery store in the Jordan Valley and says he worries about a potential annexation. (Irris Makler/CBC)

“The ‘deal of the century’ annexing the Jordan Valley will make a siege around us. Tomorrow, if it happens, they’re going to say, ‘You have to be back at 7 p.m.,’ they’re going to interfere in our life,” said Abu Muntaser.

His son, Nur, agreed.

“Look what they do to us now. Imagine how it will be if we are part of them. There are Israeli soldiers patrolling here all the time and the settlers want our water and our land. They are already charging us for water now. What will happen next?”

Traditional diplomatic formula

Days after Trump unveiled his plan, the Palestinians called for an emergency meeting of the Arab League in order to respond to it.

Abbas spoke at length and said he knew he couldn’t agree to the plan when Washington announced East Jerusalem was part of Israel. “It will not be recorded in my history that I gave up on Jerusalem,” he said.

The Arab League fell in behind the Palestinians and unanimously condemned Washington’s deal, reverting to the traditional formula of a peace deal based on the two-state solution.

Two days later, the Organization of Islamic Co-operation (OIC) also rejected the Washington plan.

Local workers are shown in a greenhouse in Frush Bet Dajan, preparing tomatoes and cucumbers for sale. (Irris Makler/CBC)

Washington had been hoping that it had some Arab support, as ambassadors from Bahrain, Oman and the United Arab Emirates had attended Trump’s news conference in Washington.

In off-the-record briefings, Washington officials criticized this “old-fashioned” thinking.

In the Palestinian village of Frush Bet Dajan on the first Friday after Washington released its plan, the number of worshippers at their small mosque was swelled by visitors from other towns.

The local mosque in the village of Frush Bet Dajan, in the Jordan Valley, is shown. (Irris Makler/CBC)

Farrah Ghaleb made the 70-kilometre round trip from his home in Ramallah.

“This week I’m coming here, and many Palestinians are coming here, to let the world know that this is our Palestinian land and that Trump doesn’t have the right to give it to Israel or to Netanyahu,” Ghaleb said.

When he moved the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem in 2018, Trump said he had taken the issue of Jerusalem “off the table.”

But the strength of Palestinian reaction to Trump’s new deal, and the breadth of Arab support for the Palestinians, show how much the issue of Jerusalem remains at the heart of the conflict.

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Having waited for her medals, Christine Girard deserves swift induction into Olympic Hall of Fame: Russell

It’s often been said that anything worth having is worth waiting for.

No one understands that more than Canadian weightlifter Christine Girard.

Girard, 34, represents an overlooked component of the Olympic credo. While many Canadian women have run or skated faster, or jumped higher, there is arguably no stronger woman than Girard in this country’s Olympic history.

She won what appeared to be the first medal by a Canadian female weightlifter at the London Games in 2012. It came in the form of a bronze-medal finish in the 63-kilogram division and it came after Girard finished fourth at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

“I grew up thinking it was impossible to win a medal in my sport because I was a woman and because my sport was tainted by doping,” Girard said from her parent’s home in Rouyn-Noranda, Que., where the mother of three young children was being celebrated in advance of her induction to Canada’s Olympic Hall of Fame.

“When I got close in Beijing that made me believe it was possible,” she said. “It could happen and I could be the one. It’s important to me to show other girls that it is possible to be the best in spite of it all.”

The bronze medal Girard won in London 2012 was upgraded to gold when gold medallist Maiya Maneza of Kazakhstan, centre, and silver medallist Svetlana Tsarukaeva of Russia, left, were both disqualified for doping. (The Associated Press)

Girard will enter the Hall of Fame with a stellar cast: Emilie Heymans, a diver who won four medals at four different Olympics; the late Jack Poole who, as head of the Vancouver 2010 organizing committee, is credited with bringing the Winter Olympics back to Canada; the women’s hockey team from those 2010 Olympics which delivered a gold medal for the home fans; Sydney 2000 triathlon gold medallist Simon Whitfield; Alexandre Despatie, the first Canadian man to win an Olympic diving medal; revered Judo coach Hiroshi Nakamur; the national women’s soccer team which won a bronze medal at the London 2012 Games: and the respected sports journalist, the late Randy Starkman of the Toronto Star.

And for Girard, the nod comes in the wake of her Olympic lustre being enhanced late last year when the bronze medal from London was elevated to gold, while the fourth-place finish from Beijing became a bronze in light of doping violations by athletes from Russia and Kazakhstan.

Those medals were awarded to Girard at a ceremony in Ottawa in 2018. They had been a long time coming to their rightful owner.

“I got those medals in in the name of all Canadians,” she said. “It was a win for the values of our country and for clean sport. There are things like endorsements and financial support that I’ll never get back. But my medals have a bigger meaning. Now there are other countries that believe there’s a better way to do this sport. I think we’re proud to be from a clean country and we believe in drug-free sport.”  

Jeane Lassen, the first Canadian woman to win a weightlifting medal at the world championships and who was an Olympic teammate in addition to being Girard’s co-coach, believes her induction is extremely significant.

“We long suspected, and now know without a doubt, that we were not competing on a level playing field,” Lassen said from her home in Whitehorse, Yukon. “The injustice of the situation didn’t slow Christine down. Instead she differentiated the sport from the system. Christine focused on what she loved about Olympic weightlifting — testing herself physically and mentally. She chose to live by her values and not be pressured to conform to those of her competitors.”

Girard grew up in Quebec never really thinking she could win an Olympic medal in weightlifting. (Associated Press)

Her sport came onto the Olympic program for women at the Sydney Games in 2000 and weightlifting in the years since has been plagued by drug scandals including the banishment of all Russian and Bulgarian lifters from the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Still, Girard believes one of the oldest Olympic disciplines has a foreseeable future and that young women are at the centre of weightlifting’s ongoing story.

“I like to see little girls doing sports that were once thought of to be for boys only,” she said. “You can wear pink if you’re a boy. You can lift weights if you’re a girl. It’s whatever works for you, as long as you follow what you’re passionate about.”

But along with that Girard makes one stipulation. It’s at the heart of why she’s at peace with her Olympic journey taking so long to find its proper reward. And it’s something she wants her little children to grow into believing about the Olympics.

“I hope they’ll be able to look back and understand something when they get older,” she said. “It’s that you have to believe in and be true to your values.”

And that’s why Christine Girard is understandably at or near the head of the Class of 2019 at Canada’s Olympic Hall of Fame.                        

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22-year-old P.E.I. woman having hysterectomy in hopes of ending endometriosis pain

Rebecca McCourt says she’s been in pain nearly every day, since she was 12 years old. 

When she was 14, McCourt had surgery for what her family and her doctors suspected was appendicitis. 

Doctors removed her appendix, but the surgery did not end her pain and not long after, in 2011, she was diagnosed with endometriosis. 

“At this point, I’m ready to move on with my life,” McCourt says. 

Endometriosis is a disease where endometrial tissue, which lines the uterus, is found in other parts of the body, said Dr. Christina Williams, with the B.C. Women’s Centre for Pelvic Pain and Endometriosis. She specializes in pelvic ultrasounds and surgical management of gynecological conditions.

I feel like I was really … robbed of my teen and young adult years.— Rebecca McCourt

If the endometrial tissue is found outside of the uterus it’s most commonly found within the pelvic area, but in some cases it has been found in other areas of the body, Williams said. 

The symptoms can include severe pain with periods, chronic pelvic pain, pain during intercourse and pain with bowel movements — especially during periods, she said.

Since 2011, McCourt said she has undergone eight laparoscopy procedures, during which doctors have burned off the painful, errant tissue from her pelvic area to offer her temporary relief. However, the tissue, McCourt said, always seems to come back. 

To recover from these procedures, McCourt has often been forced to take time off from school. 

That’s in addition to about a week per month that she’s been forced to take off to cope with pain and fatigue. 

“I feel like I was really … robbed of my teen and young adult years,” she said. 


In addition to the growth of endometrial tissue in her pelvic area, McCourt said, another symptom is ovarian cysts.

Each year, McCourt said she can expect between three and four cyst ruptures. These are sharp, painful episodes where cysts, which present on one or both ovaries, rupture and often result in hospital visits and pain medication. 

Now, McCourt and her doctors are taking the next step in trying to find her relief. The 22-year-old is scheduled to have a hysterectomy on Sept. 4. McCourt is also having both her fallopian tubes and one ovary removed.

“A hysterectomy is the removal of the uterine body,” Williams said.  

McCourt says she’s endured eight surgeries related to her endometriosis since she was 14 years old. (Submitted by Rebecca McCourt)

When a hysterectomy is considered for endometriosis pain the uterus and the endometriosis found outside the uterus should be removed together according to SOGC recommendations, she said. 

Hysterectomies as a stand-alone treatment are not guaranteed to relieve patients of pain caused by endometriosis, according to Williams. 

McCourt said the decision to have a hysterectomy was made over a long time, with years of ongoing discussion between her and her doctor.

I don’t think the general population has even a general understanding of the disease and what it does.— Rebecca McCourt

During that time, McCourt also went through several hormone treatments including oral contraceptives and hormone injections. 

When it comes to treating endometriosis, Williams said, hysterectomies are not the first line of treatment. 

“Most gynecologists agree that hormones should be used first because they’re reversible. And that’s the recommendation from the SOGC.” 

McCourt wants people to know her story, to understand how difficult it’s been. 

“It’s important to have these conversations because I don’t think the general population has even a general understanding of the disease and what it does,” McCourt said. 

In the future, she said she’d like to see increased research, education, and awareness of endometriosis. 

No cure 

Currently, there is no cure for endometriosis and it is not considered to be a life-threatening condition, said Philippa Bridge-Cook, of the Endometriosis Network of Canada. 

The organization has been providing support and education for people living with endometriosis across the country since 2012.

“There was a real need for it because nobody was doing that sort of thing in Canada,” she said. 

About one in 10 females has endometriosis, but it can also occur in the transgender community and in extremely rare cases, even men, Bridge-Cook and Williams agreed. 

A lot of women, at first, don’t realize that what they’re experiencing is abnormal— Philippa Bridge-Cook

Most women with endometriosis can expect to see several doctors over many years before a diagnosis is made, Bridge-Cook said. 

“It’s not that there’s a complete lack of research in Canada or around the world, but if you look at the cost of endometriosis in terms of health-care costs, lost work productivity and all of the costs all together it’s comparable to other chronic diseases,” Bridge-Cook said.

This diagram illustrates endometrial tissue (the purple spots), found outside the uterus. (Submitted by Christina Williams)

‘Women’s pain being dismissed’

“Pain with periods is a major symptom of endometriosis. A lot of women don’t know what pain is normal for a period … and there isn’t a lot of education,” she said. 

“There’s a lot of studies about women’s pain being dismissed.”

I am happy that I’m getting it done. But at the same time it’s almost like a grieving process.— Rebecca McCourt

Williams said she’s noticed a positive shift in research around the disease.

“So I believe there is room for improvement. But at least in the last 10 years, we’ve seen a definite increase in interest in learning where the pain is coming from,” Williams said. 

‘Urgent for me’

“It’s not [considered] urgent. It feels like it’s urgent for me but it’s not seen that way,” McCourt said. 

While McCourt is looking forward to the prospect of pain relief with her upcoming surgery, she said the decision has been “bittersweet.”

By undergoing the procedure McCourt will not be able to have her own biological children.

“I am happy that I’m getting it done. But at the same time it’s almost like a grieving process,” she said. “But it’s worth it, if it’s going to help.”

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