Hyde man’s holiday nightmare after he’s strapped to Greek hospital bed while …

An elderly man s dream Discount Holidays © holiday with his wife turned into a nightmare when medical staff strapped him to a hospital bed by his wrists after he had a heart attack. Seventy-eight-year-old Sam Gregory, of Freshfield Avenue, Hyde1, is currently trapped in a critical condition in a Greek medical centre after going into cardiac arrest while on a cruise with his wife Maureen, also 78. But while recovering after being rushed from the ship to have emergency surgery at Ioannina University Hospital, his family say Sam was restrained by nursing staff who tied him to his bed with bandages.

His daughter, Cathryn Riley says she now fears the worst for her severely-ill father and that the stress has pushed her mum to breaking point . Cathryn, a Manchester Airport worker also from Hyde, said: What has happened has been horrendous, beyond a nightmare.

I rushed to Greece to see my dad after what happened, only to then have to see him tied by his wrist with bandages to a hospital bed in clear distress. It was terrifying.

Hyde Man's <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Nightmare After He's Strapped To Greek Hospital Bed While ... Sam in his hospital bed in Greece

The hospital staff don t really speak English but they said he was trying to take off his oxygen mask and so they had to tie him down. But he was in agony and pain after being restrained. Because he couldn t move his oxygen mask was streaming oxygen into his eyes causing him pain.

My mum is a strong woman but having to see that has pushed her to her limits, and the staff only let us see him twice a day for 30 minutes at a time.

My parents have been married for almost 60 years and this was their dream Discount Holidays © holiday together this year, but it has turned into the Discount Holidays © holiday from hell. I worry that this is going to seriously harm them both.

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After being in Greece for a number of days to care for her father, Cathryn has now returned home to coordinate the campaign to get him home. She added: When I was leaving the hospital, the staff refused to let me see my dad, even though it could be the last time I do.

Now I have been calling my dad s insurance company Axa to get him transferred back to the UK for treatment and back with his family.

Instead, all they do is put me off and say they will call me back but then don t do so. They can get him home and they are dragging their feet. But a spokesperson for Axa said they are ready to get Mr Gregory flown home, but are waiting for the go-ahead from the hospital that he is healthy enough to fly.

The spokesperson said: We are awaiting medical reports to confirm that Mr Gregory is fit to fly home and as soon as we know that is the case, arrangements will be made. We have spoken with his family today. We always have the customer s best interests at heart and our medical team are on the ground to help the customer s family at this difficult time.

And the foreign officer are also helping the family after Cathryn contacted the British Embassy in Greece for help. A spokesperson for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: We can confirm the hospitalisation of a British national in Greece. We are providing consular assistance at this time.

References

  1. ^ Hyde (www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk)

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