Dr. Kyle Merritt has become the first in his profession to diagnose a patient as suffering from “climate change”.
The diagnosis was made in the British Columbia area of Canada which was dramatically affected by the extreme heatwave that struck North America this summer which also resulted in extensive wildfires.
Its believed that hundreds of deaths that occurred as a result of the heatwave were linked to extreme weather.
At the time of the extreme weather, Dr. Merritt was working as head of the emergency room department at Kootenay Lake Hospital and spoke to the Times Colonist of his experience seeing first hand the effects that heat and smoke had on his patients.
He stated that a person came into the emergency room struggling to breathe which he attributed to smoke that had not cleared from the region for days, resulting in the individual’s asthma worsening.
While keeping this in mind, Dr. Merritt wrote on the patient’s chart “climate change”.
Responding to this action, Dr. Merritt stated, “If we’re not looking at the underlying cause, and we’re just treating the symptoms, we’re just gonna keep falling further and further behind”.