Paramedics leave body of patient in his driveway
ASHFORD — The body of a 76-year-old man who died from a heart attack en route to a hospital was returned to his home near Mount Rainier and left in the driveway by paramedics.
Charles Bardsley was being transported to a hospital in Puyallup, about 50 miles away, when he died on Oct. 2. The paramedics backtracked and deposited his body in the driveway, where it remained for eight hours.
The paramedics said they didn’t want to take the body inside because Bardsley’s 73-year-old wife suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and appeared confused.
"We expected to find an ambulance there. But he was lying right in the driveway where someone could have run over him," said Bardsley’s daughter-in-law, Cindy Bardsley, who arrived at the home with her husband, Dennis, about three hours after Charles Bardsley’s body had been left.
Lewis County Coroner Terry Wilson said the handling of the body left him mystified.
"We have had people die on the way to the hospital before, and they were always taken to the hospital until local enforcement could arrive," he said.
"Then, the body would be released to the funeral home. The body is never, ever taken back to the house. That is totally unacceptable."
The paramedics from Parkland, just south of Tacoma, were employed by Pierce County.
Charles Bardsley’s body was not removed until eight hours after he had been left in the driveway, on the order of a deputy Lewis County coroner.
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