EXCLUSIVE:Another elderly hospital patient allegedly sent home by cab, in slippers, no coat, no warning to family

CJAD News first brought you the story of a 96-year-old Verdun General Hospital patient who was allegedly sent home late last month in a taxi with only slippers and no coat and no warning to her family.

Now a Montreal man claims the same thing happened to his 87-year-old mother at the Fleury Hospital last Monday.

Carlo Paolucci told CJAD 800 News he was furious the hospital sent his mother back to her seniors home by taxi at 2:30 in the morning of January 28, without telling him or the residence. Maria Manso was taken to the E.R. earlier in the day. Paolucci said his mother, who suffers from Alzheimer's, was sent off wearing nothing but her hospital gown and slippers.

"She was sent home with her IV device still stuck in her arm and when the home called me, they told me that could have been extremely dangerous because she could have just emptied out her system, she could have bled to the death in the taxi," Paolucci said.

Paolucci said his wife even kept phoning the hospital during the day Monday asking when his mother was going to be taken back to the residence.

He said his mother was freezing when she arrived at the seniors home and nurses warmed her up with portable heaters.

"Eighty-seven-years-old, she's very fragile, suffering from advanced Alzheimer's, definitely it's heartbreaking," Paolucci said.

"You don't even treat animals this way. It's disappointing."

Hospital spokesperson Estelle Zehler said they're looking into Paolucci's complaint.

"The investigation has started now," Zehler said.

"This kind of incident, according to the facts we know so far, is unacceptable."

Zehler said they'll take appropriate actions depending on the results of the inquiry.

Paolucci said he wanted to tell his story after hearing about the Verdun hospital case.

"I was thinking what happened to my mom is just not an isolated case and it's probably something happening on a regular basis and is definitely something that should be looked into."

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  1. joeN posted on 02/06/2014 08:13 AM
    Either we have a trend about non francophones being discharged in this matter or an increase in incompetence at francophone hospitals.
  2. ric posted on 02/06/2014 09:25 AM
    AGAIN!!! What G-damn idiots release anyone from a hospital at 2:30 am? As you may notice, it only happens to the elderly, who can't fight back. It's all because there's no punishment.
  3. CeciliaU posted on 02/06/2014 10:03 AM
    I think it's time we start making the cab companies accountable too. Isn't there a law preventing minors from being put in a cab alone? So it should be for the elderly travalling alone past midnight, dressed in a hospital gown - a cab company should not accept a pessenger in this condition or face a fine.
  4. peter posted on 02/06/2014 02:59 PM
    They should be charged with gross negligence in the performance of proper care.
  5. Sandra posted on 02/07/2014 09:42 AM
    Omg our system is totally screwed up this is pathetic.
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