Covid survivor, 89, who was put to bed by clumsy ambulance crew at random strangers’ home, dies after being hospitalized again with pneumonia
- Elizabeth Mahoney fought Covid for 10 weeks at the hospital in Pontypool, Wales
- She was finally fired on March 12, but was dropped off at the wrong house
- The confusion wasn’t noticed until hours later when someone realized she wasn’t their relative
- She was soon reunited with family, but her condition deteriorated and she died on April 23
A pensioner who made headlines after being left in a stranger’s home by an ambulance crew has since died after being taken back to hospital with pneumonia.
Elizabeth Mahoney had been fighting Covid-19 at Pontypool County Hospital for 10 weeks before she was finally fired on Friday, March 12.
However, the 89-year-old from New Inn in Torfaen was eventually dropped off at the wrong house – more than eight miles away in Newport – where she was put to bed for the night.
The confusion was only noticed when, hours later, someone living at the address went to check on the person under the covers and realized she wasn’t their relative at all.
Elizabeth Mahoney, pictured with her late husband Kenneth, was released from the hospital to a random stranger’s home and tucked away in their bed
Meanwhile, Elizabeth’s hectic family — who had come to greet her on her own property — became increasingly concerned about her whereabouts.
They think her data must be confused with that of a female patient with dementia who would also go home from hospital the same day.
The story made headlines as far away as America as her son Brian sought answers from the various agencies involved as to how such an error could have arisen.
But today he revealed that his mother had now passed away after being hospitalized again with pneumonia.
“We lost Mum on Friday, April 23, the day before my 66th birthday,” said the Cwmbran warehouse manager.
The Welsh Ambulance Service says it is working to determine exactly what happened and has offered a ‘sincere apology’ to both families
She was not doing well when she got out of County Hospital in March – in fact, she was all but fired to spend her last days at home. But she quickly went downhill. ‘
Brian added that Elizabeth had to be admitted to Grange University Hospital in Cwmbran last month, before being transferred to Nevill Hall Hospital in Abergavenny.
“We were unable to visit her for the last two days because she had contracted an infection in addition to the pneumonia,” he said.
‘But then, on the morning she died, they called us and said we’d better be there soon because there wasn’t much left. But she was gone before we could make it. ‘
Next week, a funeral service will be held for Elizabeth at Gwent Crematorium in Cwmbran.
Brian added that despite meeting with representatives from the County Hospital, the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and the Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust, he is still waiting for an official explanation as to why his mother has been taken to the wrong address.
‘I honestly don’t know why it takes them so long. My sister is adamant that she still wants to know the reason, but frankly, it makes me feel a little defeated, especially now that Mommy is gone. I just hope nothing like that happens to anyone else. ‘
Mark Smith – assistant director of operations for the Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust – said last month that they worked closely with the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board to “ fully understand the sequence of events and determine exactly what happened. ”
“We sincerely apologized to both families who are concerned about the suffering that has been caused and will continue to liaise directly with them as the investigation progresses,” he added.