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OBITUARY: Nova Scotia Mother Of Three Dies After Excruciating Wait In N.S. Emergency Room

Allison Holthoff’s Obituary can be found below

While many Nova Scotians were celebrating the upcoming arrival of a new year, Nova Scotia’s health care crisis didn’t take a break.  Günter Holthoff and his three children were saying goodbye to their wife and mother who was being kept alive by machines.

On December 31, 2022, Allison Holthoff, Cumberland County resident and Deputy Chief of Tidnish Bridge Fire and Rescue died in the emergency department of the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre.

Allison “Ali” Holthoff (Facebook)

Her death has at least three members of Nova Scotia’s legislature calling for an investigation into what happened that day when it took Allison seven hours to receive anesthetic and see a doctor.

According Saltwire Network, Allison arrived at the emergency room around 10:52am and was in the fetal position of a hospital wheelchair as she waited in the emergency room believing she was dying.

Social media posts say others waiting sought help for Allison from emergency room staff while she was in excruciating pain.

Nurses took blood samples and would later request a urine sample while she waited.

It took four hours for Allison to get a room in the emergency department, but there was still no monitoring equipment.

“I went to the nurses and told them she said she’s dying and they didn’t come,” Günter told Saltwire.

After Allison’s cries for help, vitals were taken again around 6:00pm. Not long after, a code blue, which is called when there is cardiac arrest, would be paged.

Allison Holthoff died in the Emergency Department that night.

Obituary – Allison “Ali” Holthoff

It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Allison Leah Holthoff at the very young age of 37 on Saturday, December 31, 2022.

Allison’s incredible heart and love for her family has kept her full of life and spunk.

Her determination and “the more the merrier” attitude has led her to many accomplishments within her own personal growth and community. She has been a dedicated volunteer to the Tidnish Bridge Fire Department, earning the title ‘Deputy Chief” and “Treasurer”. She then spent time with Cadets alongside her daughter Holly, becoming a “Civilian Instructor”. Allison would also run the Wild Meat Dinners, the Kids Christmas Parties, After The Bell, and the delicious Pancake Breakfasts. This hard work and dedication to creating a better community led her to “Volunteer of the year award”, which she would have won many more of. Together with her family, Ali was active with operating her hobby farm on Ketchum Drive.

As a true “go getter” Ali enrolled in the NSCC September of 2020. Allison would work hard to achieve what she couldn’t have in her busy and rough early life. We wish you could have seen her excitement and how proud she was. Graduating with flying colors just 3 weeks before she passed, this gave her the opportunity to work as A Funeral Director and eventually Embalmer, a dream she could now never achieve.

Allison will be dearly missed by the love of her life, Gunter Holthoff; her three amazing children, Holly and Hayden and Heidi, her Siblings, Nathan, Andrew and Jaimie; her maternal grandmother, Keith Cormier; paternal grandfather, Carl Salter, and chosen family Kelly, Fox, Tereasa, Dani and many many more, as well as a large extended Family.

Besides her dad, David Salter, Allison was also predeceased by her maternal grandfather, Roy Cormier and paternal grandmother, Nancy Salter.

Cremation has taken place under the care and direction of Campbell’s Funeral Home, Amherst, NS, 902-667-9906.

A celebration of Life for Allison will be held on Friday, January 6, 2023 from 3pm-5pm at the Tidnish Crossroads, Community Centre.

Graveside service will be held on Saturday, January 7 at 1 pm in the Riverside Cemetery, Tidnish.

Memorial donations may be made in Allison’s memory to the Tidnish Bridge Fire Department or the Tidnish Crossroads & Area Community Centre.

Condolences and sharing of memories may be shared with the family via: or by visiting Campbell’s Facebook page.

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