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City hospital allowed patient with dementia to wander off: family.

Workers at a city hospital allowed a dementia-addled patient to wander off from the facility while he was there getting treatment — even though his family had reported him missing to the NYPD. Now, the children of Miguel Gonzalez, 81, are demanding answers over what they say is a colossal screw-up. Gonzalez had set off...
Time: 18:40     Date: 06.12.2017
Metro News: City hospital allowed patient with dementia to wander off: family. NY Post 24 - US News

Now, the children of Miguel Gonzalez, 81, are demanding answers over what they say is a colossal screw-up.

Dennis A. Clark

Gonzalez had set off on Nov. 29 to walk two miles from his home at 967 Kent Ave. in Clinton Hill to his daughter Nancy Gonzalez’s Bushwick home at 1091 Gates Ave.

“He was on his way to see me and never made it,” the distraught daughter said Wednesday — seven days after he vanished.

She and her brother, Michael Gonzalez, called cops and filed a missing person report that mentioned the father-of-eight’s Alzheimer’s.

Nancy Gonzales got a call from an NYPD sergeant on Monday saying her dad was at Elmhurst Hospital and she rushed over there.

Hospital employees told her that her father had disappeared again, wandering out in his white hospital gown, sky blue pajama pants and beige hospital socks, the family says.

“I’m speechless,” she said as she struggled to hold back tears. “I’m living in a dream.”

She said the hospital told her that her father had come in alone and told them he fell and hurt his back.

They told her they called police.

“I told them ‘What are you guys going to do?” she recalled. “Are you guys going to walk the streets with me and try to find my dad?”

Her brother, Michael, said: “He was there for four days. Why not make the effort to call the police department?”

Since then, the family members have distributed 8,000 photos of him while looking for him.

Health and Hospitals Corporation spokesman Bob de Luna said he couldn’t confirm any of the story because of privacy laws.

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