Via Avedon. Remind me again how we have the greatest healthcare system in the world - because I have a feeling ERs are going to be swamped with cases
October 21, 2009

Via Avedon. Remind me again how we have the greatest healthcare system in the world - because I have a feeling ERs are going to be swamped with cases like this all winter:

CORPUS CHRISTI — The mother of a man who died of a swine flu-related illness said her son was asked to leave a Texas hospital a day before his death because he was lying on the floor, too ill to sit in a chair.

Irving Neil Range, 58, of Corpus Christi died in the emergency room of Christus Spohn Hospital Memorial on Friday of a swine-flu related illness, confirmed Annette Rodriguez, interim director of Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health District.

Opal Range told the Corpus Christi Caller-Times that her son went to the emergency room Oct. 1, but laid on the floor because he felt too sick to sit a chair while waiting to see a doctor. She said a security guard asked him to leave so he went home. Her son returned to the emergency room the next day and died.

Sherry Carr-Deer, a spokeswoman for Christus Spohn Health System, told The Associated Press that she did not know the specifics of Range's case, but that their security guards generally try to work with people and give them a couple of chances.

“Our security guards don't escort anyone out or ask them to leave unless they become belligerent,” she said.

Health officials said Range didn't appear to have any underlying health conditions that may have contributed to his death.

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