Tuesday, March 5, 2013
75-Year-Old Man Dies After Being Rejected By Hospitals 36 Times In Two Hours
The man, who lived alone in a city north of Tokyo, called an ambulance after suffering breathing problems at his home in January.
Paramedics rushed to his house but were told in turn by all 25 hospitals in the area that they could not accept the man because they did not have enough doctors or any free beds, a local city official said, adding some institutions were contacted more than once.
The ambulance eventually made a 20 minute drive to a hospital in neighbouring Ibaraki prefecture, but the man was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. The cause of death has not been made public.
One of the paramedics told Jiji Press they had never experienced "a patient being rejected so many times".
This is sad; not to mention just flat out ridiculous.
Posted by Gist banker