Senior discharged from hospital into storm without shoes

A site shot of the Niagara Health System's St. Catharines hospital site. (Julie Jocsak/QMI Agency)

A site shot of the Niagara Health System's St. Catharines hospital site. (Julie Jocsak/QMI Agency)

Rob Houle, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:01 PM ET

ST. CATHARINES, Ont.- A Niagara area senior says a St. Catharines, Ont., hospital showed little compassion when it discharged him into a snowstorm without any winter clothing or footwear.

Gabor Joo, 77, was discharged from hospital March 12 after a four-day stay into heavy snow and gusting winds.

And Joo had no winter coat, no shoes and only one sock. And he had no ride back to his Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., home.

Joo was brought by ambulance to the St. Catharines hospital on Saturday, March 8. He was suffering from complications resulting from knee-replacement surgery. His left foot was swollen and he could no longer walk.

After he called 911, he said he put on a hat, coat, scarf and a shoe on his right foot as he waited an ambulance.

"The paramedics didn't want me to take any of that,” he said, adding his key was given to a neighbour. "So basically, I left barefooted, without any winter clothes."


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