Placed in the basement of the hospital, he should call 911

News 8 March, 2018
  • Photo Hugo Duchaine
    Archbishop Gilles Tremblay, 82-year-old was happy to have his cellphone on him during his stay at the Hospital Maisonneuve-Rosemont, where he was admitted for a heart attack and pneumonia, last weekend. He was back at his seniors ‘ residence in Pointe-aux-Trembles, yesterday.

    Hugo Duchaine

    Thursday, 8 march, 2018 01:00

    Thursday, 8 march, 2018 01:00

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    Left on a stretcher near the morgue in the basement of a Montreal hospital, a man of 82 years old hospitalized for stroke, and pneumonia had to call 911 for that one finally gave her a bed.

    “My phone saved my life […] I was anxious, but also angry,” says Monsignor Gilles Tremblay, who is not shy to use the words of the Bible in describing his stay as “horrible” at the Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital.

    He left in an ambulance to his residence for seniors on Friday following a heart attack, ” he said. He was then diagnosed with pneumonia.

    After 24 hours on a stretcher, to the emergency, the bishop is part of the catholic Church gallicane asked a doctor if he could be transferred to a bed.

    In the basement

    This is only 12 hours later that employee came to pick him up.

    Thinking finally his prayers answered, it is rather in the basement that he has been ridden in the elevator, where he was informed that there were no beds available and that he was lying on another stretcher in a corridor near the morgue and in front of a bathroom.

    “I refused,” he recalls. I asked they call an ambulance to transfer me to another hospital, where I would have a bed, but we refused, ” he continued, adding that after 36 hours lying on a small stretcher, he had a very bad back.

    A manager then told him that she would seek a bed, as he had to remain connected to a device providing oxygen. Bishop smith has, however, been left alone, without even a bell to call for help, despite his state of health. After an hour of waiting and of anguish, he decided to call 911.

    “If I hadn’t had my cell, I think I would have spent,” says the octogenarian. He acknowledges that he has had the nerve to call 911, while he was already at the hospital.

    Not human

    Disgruntled employees have reprimanded him for his call.

    “I told them : “you are not human, you treat us like mannequins in rubber, on which you do them” “, he laments.

    If he has finally found a bed, at the 9th floor, however, it was not the end of his sentences.

    Gilles Tremblay, recounts that the head was then informed that if he had had to wait, it is because a patient had just died, and that employees désinfectaient its future bed.

    “We would not have had to tell me that, it affected me,” he says. Still sick, he chose to leave the hospital Tuesday, on the first occasion with one of his sons.

    Contacted yesterday afternoon, the Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital was not in a position to issue a comment on the stay as reported by Bishop Tremblay.

    However, a receptionist of the hotel confirmed the room number where was the patient at the beginning of the week when The Journal called the facility.