A grieving son wants answers following the death of his adoptive mother after she was released from Abbotsford Regional Hospital.
This is the second family this month to say their loved one was not cared for properly by doctors.
Andrew Grimeau says Mary Lou went to the emergency room January 30 after experiencing heart attack-like symptoms.
“Doctor decided to take just symptoms, no testing, no ultrasounds, no nothing, to a lady that is still profusely sweating, can’t catch her breath, all the signs of a heart attack, and tell her it’s just normal muscle spasms.”
He says after waiting for five hours, she was told by doctors she was having muscle spasms and then was offered morphine.
Grimeau says his mom left the hospital with the same symptoms and died February 2.
“I know that if they would of put their hands on Mary Lou and helped her, not just like a doctor would, just like a loving, kind, caring person would, Mary Lou would be here today.”
Grimeau says the cause of death is still unknown, but he says he doesn’t just blame the doctors.
“So I understand they’re flooded, but it’s time that somebody does something, how many lives have to be taken?”
Fraser Health launched an investigation after the death of three-year-old Nimrat Gill, who died during a second visit to Abbotsford Hospital ER February 7.
“We have an interest to learn what happened to her”
Meanwhile, Fraser Health says their hearts go out to Lou’s friend and family.
“It is our understanding that she passed away in her home. As she had recently visited Abbotsford Regional Hospital, we have an interest to learn what happened to her, so we are working with the Coroner to get more details,” says Dr. Roy Morton, VP of Medicine at Fraser Health.
He says they have looked at her chart and found she was being treated for pain by a physician in the community.
“She came to the hospital asking for that pain medication, which had been working well for her.”
Morton adds the cause of death is still unknown.