Soldier claims Lyme disease led to dismissal

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Jean-Nicolas Blanchet, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:57 AM ET

MONTREAL -- A former Canadian soldier has filed a grievance against the military, claiming he was turfed instead of being treated for a debilitating bacterial disease.

Leaf Tremback, of Sharbot Lake, Ont., says military doctors failed to properly treat him for Lyme disease.

He says he contracted the disease while training in bug-infested woods east of Montreal.

Lyme disease is spread by ticks and can cause fatigue, fever, muscle pain and mental disorders if not properly treated.

Tremback was 25 when he arrived in Farnham, Que., for officer cadet training in July 2008. He was bitten by an infected tick and fell ill.

He claims military personnel improperly removed the insect and told him he might have the flu. A few months later, he said, his symptoms got worse.

The young man's condition improved after he underwent several treatments, but he said he relapsed despite assurances from army doctors that he had been healed.

The army agreed to let Tremback seek a second opinion from another military doctor.

Military records reviewed by QMI Agency show the army insisted his symptoms "are a figment of his imagination" and sent him to a psychiatrist.

"They told me, 'What's your f---ing problem? Stop pretending,'" Tremback said. "I didn't know what to do."


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