Lee Gee and Young Gow
As part of the Chinese Historical Wrongs Legacy Initiative, we’ve digitized a small selection of inquests and inquiries from 1872 to 1934, found in series GR-0431. These were chosen to reflect the experiences of early Chinese immigrants to B.C. – their living and working conditions, and their unfortunate accidental or unusual deaths. They range from a woman working in a brothel in Barkerville who died of natural causes to three sawmill workers who died from malnutrition. Learn more.
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My name is George [Kerr MacNaughton ?]. I am a duly qualified med[ ? ] practitioner in [ ? ] the Province of B.C. I reside in Cumberland. About 11:30 p.m. on Monday, 24th inst. I attended the deceased Young Gow at the Cumberland General Hospital. He was suffering from severe shock and the following [extensive?] injuries. 1. Lacerated flesh wounds of the brow 2. Fracture of both bones of left arm 3. [ ? ] fracture of several ribs on left side 4. Internal injury to [base? lobe?] of left lung and liver causing internal bleeding. I examined and cleaned wound, applied splints to arm and applied appropriate treatment for shock and internal hemorrhage. In spite of all efforts patient gradually weakened and died at 8:45 p.m. on Tuesday 25th inst. Death was due to internal hemorrhage or result of injury to left lung and liver.