Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Family tended to stranger at hospital bedside after police misidentification

A family in L'Isle-Verte, Quebec, Canada, are reeling after they rushed to the hospital bedside of their brother only to realise, after hours of tending to him, it was a case of mistaken identity by provincial police. On Thursday, Quebec provincial police were called to a scene in L'Isle-Verte after passers-by found a man seriously injured outside a home.

"The injured person didn't have any identification on him," said Sûreté du Québec spokeswoman Audrey-Anne Bilodeau. "There [were] some people on site and they identified the man as Roland Lafrance." Lafrance's family were contacted about the accident and  told that Lafrance had been transferred to a hospital in Quebec City.

The family said Lafrance had fallen and hit his head at his fishing cabin on Jan. 1, so they believed he had fallen again as a result of a head injury. Daisy Boucher Lafrance, Roland's niece, says her mother and aunt rushed to the hospital to take care of their brother. Boucher Lafrance says the condition of the man was such that identifying him was difficult. She says her mother and aunt spent hours next to him, holding his hand and receiving updates from the hospital about his condition.

It was only when an unsuspecting Roland called his family the next day that they realised the man in the Quebec City hospital bed was a stranger. "It's a terrible mistake by provincial police," Boucher Lafrance said. She says police should be ashamed. "The police misidentified him and my mom was alone there with a stranger. This man could have died and his family was not with him because of a mistake." Provincial police say they have now contacted the appropriate family.

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