Here, we, go, again….The family of Stuart Cline, a London, Ont., resident who is currently in critical condition at a hospital in Mexico, says they are living a nightmare as red tape prevents the man from returning home for treatment.
Cline’s daughter-in-law, Alejandra, told 980 CFPL that the 71-year-old had trouble breathing last week while vacationing in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and he fell and hit his head while out walking with his wife last Wednesday. The fall left him with bleeding in his brain, which was worsened because he has a pacemaker and is on blood thinners.
“The bleeding in his brain was getting bigger and bigger,” she explained, “so doctors decided to do a surgery to start draining the blood out of his brain.”
Alejandra is originally from Mexico and flew out over the weekend to help with the situation while Stuart’s three adult children, including her husband, remained home. She said that while the surgery went well, Stuart’s heart is weak and his condition is now deteriorating.
Doctors in Mexico cleared him to fly home on Saturday, but when the family contacted their insurance company, they were told there are no available intensive care unit beds in London.
“They say ‘No, we don’t have beds, call tomorrow,’ and ‘We don’t have beds, call tomorrow.’ We said, ‘He just needs a bed, it doesn’t have to be London, but they said they can’t do that,” Alejandra said.
Her husband is flying from London to Mexico on Wednesday to be by his father’s side.
“We thought in the beginning that oh, he’s stable, he’s able to fly, it’s going to be quick and we’re going to be in London tomorrow,” she added.
“This is a nightmare.”