Body Of Patient, 89, Left In Hospital Toilet For 2 Days

Story ByAna LacasaSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyNewsflash

An 89-year-old diabetic dropped dead in a hospital toilet and his body was only found when cops following his trail after a missing person report from his family saw him enter the toilet on CCTV – and saw that he did not leave.

Manuel Mourin Caldeiro, 89, went to Vall d’Hebron University Hospital in the city of Barcelona in the eastern Spanish region of Catalonia for routine tests.

However, when he failed to return home, his family reported his disappearance to the Mossos d’Esquadra (Catalan police).

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Meanwhile, the missing persons help group ‘SOS Desaparecidos’ shared a poster of Mourin Caldeiro’s disappearance with a photo of the elderly diabetic.

After two days, the police called the hospital to check the CCTV footage, soon realising the OAP had gone into the toilets and failed to leave.

Mourin Caldeiro’s body was then found in the hospital toilet, two days after he had gone there.

The diabetic sufferer had not eaten anything that day because he had to undergo tests at 1pm.

The victim’s son Javier Mourin told media source Antena 3: “My dad was dead in a hospital toilet for 48 hours and nobody is taking responsibility.

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“How is it even possible that he was not found in the toilet of a public hospital?

“Vall d’Hebron is a world-renowned hospital and I am just unable to imagine how something like this could have happened. We are all very shocked.”

The son added that the family plans to take legal action against the hospital.

Meanwhile, a hospital spokesperson told the newspaper El Mundo that their security commission are currently looking into what happened.

They also said that they have contacted the victim’s family to send their condolences and keep them updated on the review.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Ana Lacasa

I am a senior writer and journalist and editor of the Spanish desk for the Central European News agency.

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