North Vancouver senior, 82, ends up in homeless shelter after cancer surgery

An 82-year-old North Vancouver woman has been recovering from her mastectomy at a homeless shelter — her only option as her landlord deals with bedbugs at her Lower Lonsdale apartment.

After a battle with pneumonia in January, doctors found a lump on Fran Flann’s breast and diagnosed her with cancer. She got the surgery and was discharged from hospital Feb. 4.

When she realized she had no place to go due to the infestation, Vancouver Coastal Health put her up at the Grouse Inn. But those funds only lasted a week, so she was sent to the Lookout North Shore Shelter, where she’s been living the past 10 days.

Larissa Cahute reports.

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