Life of octogenarian threatened after contracting COVID-19 in hospital

Life of octogenarian threatened after contracting COVID-19 in hospital
Life of octogenarian threatened after contracting COVID-19 in hospital

A family from Lac-Saint-Jean deplores that an 84-year-old relative left the hospital sicker than when he arrived, after contracting COVID-19.

The man would have presented to the hospital center of Roberval last week for an accumulation of water in the lungs.

Immediately, he would have been transferred to the hospital of Dolbeau-Mistassini because, according to the family, there was no place available in Roberval.

He was therefore treated in Dolbeau-Mistassini and returned to his seniors’ residence three days later.

It was the day after his discharge from the hospital that his condition deteriorated. According to his relatives, he was found in a bad condition and feverish in his room by an attendant.

He was therefore returned to the hospital, where he tested positive for COVID-19.

The 84-year-old man, fully vaccinated, is still hospitalized. He is not doing very well, according to his relatives.

His son, who is immunosuppressed and has been in contact with him, also contracted the disease, as did his granddaughter.

Outbreak in progress in hospital

The CIUSSS of Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean confirmed Tuesday that an outbreak was underway on the medical unit of the Dolbeau-Mistassini hospital.

The latest information available showed at least two confirmed cases.

However, health authorities refuse to disclose whether they are patients or staff members.

“Massive screening has been carried out over the past few days with all users and staff who have attended the medicine unit since October 21,” one can read in an email.

Relatives of the 84-year-old man want answers. They are aware that such a situation can arise even in a hospital, but they hope the virus was not brought into the hospital through an unvaccinated healthcare worker.

The family is keeping their fingers crossed for their loved one to get away with it, and without any consequences.

 
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