Thursday 23 January 2020

'He's traumatised' - Sister of man who collapsed after being turned away from hospital demands answers

St Columcilles Hospital, Loughlinstown
St Columcilles Hospital, Loughlinstown

Ryan O'Rourke

A woman whose brother collapsed after being refused from a Dublin hospital said he is "traumatised" by the incident and is still in a lot of pain.

Eileen spoke to RTÉ Radio 1's Liveline about how her brother Sean had to be given CPR by a passer-by. He was turned away from St. Columcille's Hospital in Loughlinstown, Dublin for not having a letter from his GP.

“He’s still in a lot of pain, he was shocked and traumatised by it all,” Eileen told Liveline.

Sean had presented himself to the hospital complaining of chest pain and shortness of breath.

After he was turned away, he returned to Bray by bus and ended up collapsing on the main street of the town.

Now Eileen is demanding answers as to why her brother didn’t receive treatment.

"I would hate to think someone with severe chest pains would be turned away like that," she said.

"If something had happened to him, we would never have known the full story."

Eileen described what her sister heard while on the phone to the paramedics who were trying to save Sean’s life.

"They said to her, we’ve shocked him, there’s no response, and my sister said shock him again please, and he came back," Eileen said.

Eileen claims that the hospital has issued an apology and that they have promised to look into what happened.

"We did receive a letter on Friday stating that they were really sorry to us all, and they were going to investigate this and that they would be in contact with Sean," She said.

Eileen also took the time to thank Fiona, a passer-by who saved Sean’s life by performing CPR.

"Thanks to Fiona so much, she was just so good."

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