Officials want to know why a wheelchair-bound man waited for 34 hours in a hospital's emergency waiting room before dying from a bladder infection, according to news reports.
Staffers at Health Sciences Center found Brian Sinclair, 45, dead after midnight Sunday, but officials said he apparently died some time before then. Sinclair had not been able to urinate for 24 hours due to a block in his catheter, leading to his death, said Dr. Thambirajah Balachandra, the chief medical examiner. Balachandra has called for an investigation into Sinclair's death.
Sinclair's family has reacted with shock and outrage. "He's my blood," his cousin Robert Sinclair told reporters. "I don't like to see any of my blood relatives die for no reason and I believe that.… It was for no reason. The guy sat there for 34 hours for what reason?"
In June, surveillance footage showed a woman collapsing in a New York hospital waiting room and dying as staffers failed to help for more than an hour. Esmin Green, 49, had been waiting in the emergency room for nearly 24 hours on June 19 when she fell on the floor.