Daniel Perrette, a 38-year-old man, died at home on the night of January 22 to 23, 48 hours after leaving the emergency room in Mulhouse with sedatives. According to the first results of the autopsy, the victim died as a result of a tear in the duodenum.
His family filed a complaint on Thursday, his lawyer said. On January 21, the thirty-year-old presented himself in the night to the emergency room of the Hospital Group of the Mulhouse and South Alsace region (GHRMSA) complaining of severe abdominal pain. It was taken care of and biological samples were taken. "He was given Tramadol (a painkiller) and put on a morphine drip," said one of his sisters, Priscilla Bein, who spoke to him by phone.
"He had called the emergency room three times"
"He was discharged around 13 p.m., when he was asking to be hospitalized, (with) a letter to deliver to his doctor, in which it is written that he had hyperalgia in the abdomen and evoked the probable evolution of acute pancreatitis," she said. "He walked home from the hospital and told me he was having trouble walking. He mainly told me that he had called the emergency room three times on Saturdays. The person he had on the phone would have asked him to stop calling and go see his doctor," his sister testified.
On Sunday evening, a relative came to see him "but he was so bad that he was lying down," said Priscilla Bein. When one of his sisters picked him up on Monday morning to accompany him to the doctor, no one answered. Firefighters intervened and found him dead at the foot of his bed. "I'm not a doctor, but I don't understand why he wasn't given a CT scan, an ultrasound, why he was left alone when he wasn't well and he said so," his sister said.
The crime squad has launched an investigation to determine the cause of death. For his part, the family's lawyer, Renaud François, said he had not had access to the medical file but would "also request a medical expertise". Requested, the GHRMSA said in a statement "provide all its support to the family of the deceased and is at his disposal for any medical clarification".
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