Canadian Hospital refuses to treat man in parking lot


A Kelowna man who transported an unconscious man to hospital Wednesday morning couldn’t believe his ears when he was told to call 911 for help. Ralph Vogel had driven the victim to Kelowna General Hospital only to be greeted by staff that seemed unwilling to help.

Vogel says he ran into the hospital and told staff that there was a man either dying or dead in his motor home. When staff told him to call 911 and wait for an ambulance, he told them that the man was outside. He was still told to call 911.

The hospital now admits that staff made a mistake by refusing to treat the man in the parking lot. The victim was a homeless man that Vogel and his wife allowed to sleep in their motor home. But then they couldn’t wake him up.

By the time the ambulance arrived, it was too late. The man had already been dead for several hours.

It wasn’t the first time.

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