John A. Diagnosed with Gallstones

May 6, 1870
East Block, Parliament Hill. Source: Library and Archives Canada.Pinterest
East Block, Parliament Hill. Source: Library and Archives Canada.

On May 6, 1870, Sir John A.'s assistant heard a crash and found the Prime Minister in convulsions, his pulse almost undetectable. It appeared that Sir John A. was dying. A telegram was dispatched to Hugh John to let him know about his father's condition. The pain was so severe that Sir John A. did not recognize his wife Agnes. Sir John A. was diagnosed with gallstones. Gallbladder surgery was not yet a possibility so those suffering had no choice but to endure the pain and hope the gallstones would pass. For a month John A. remained in his office in the East Block of Parliament Hill, now converted to a sickroom.