UNCOMFORTABLE NIGHT: Michael Worrell, 78, who suffered a stroke, spent Wednesday night in a wheelchair.
Michael Worrell, 78, who suffered a stroke, has been forced to sleep in a wheelchair because of bed shortage at San Fernando General Hospital.
Worrell, who sat in front of Ward 11 in a white T- shirt covered with blood stains, was unable to speak properly yesterday but managed to mumble a few words about how he felt, as he lay with his head tilted back on the wheel chair.
“They put me here, I don’t know why. I want to go home, where is my son?” he asked.
Worrell is the father of seven children. He resides at Buenos Ayres, in Erin. One of his sons, Christopher Preddie, said he found his father on the floor of his house on Wednesday night.
He called for an ambulance and Worrell was taken to the Point Fortin Hospital and later transferred to the San Fernando General Hospital where doctors confirmed he had suffered a stroke.
Preddie said his father waited all night for a bed but none was available so Worrel had to sleep in a wheelchair.
“For somebody who has a stroke it would be normal procedure for that person to get proper treatment. However, he has been just thrown aside in a wheelchair because they have no beds,” said Preddie.
Worrell is due to celebrate his birth on January 31. Preddie said his father had several tests done but has not been cleaned up.
“I brought clothes for him to change. They didn’t even change his clothes which smelt strongly of urine. He was not even given any prescription, neither anything to eat or drink.” he said.
SWHRA officials were unavailable for comment yesterday.
A picture is worth a thousand fockin words.
All I can add is that he real lucky because most of the other patients have to sleep on the fockin floor.
THIS IS PNM HEALTH CARE. PNM COUNTRY!