Gary Fowler, 56, reportedly tried to go to the emergency rooms of three different metro Detroit hospitals when his breathing problems first began. But all three of them turned him away, leaving Fowler to suffer at home which is where he later died.
Keith Gambrell, 33, was like a son to Fowler – or rather, Fowler treated Gambrell like one. The two were very close, which is presumably why Gambrell approached the media after Fowler's death to let the world know that the medical system failed Fowler.
Rather than help Fowler during his time of need, the local medical system basically told him to scram. Consequently, he bore through the breathing troubles he was having until he could breathe no more, dying upright in his bedroom chair while his wife dozed off next to him.
Fowler reportedly scrawled out a note in the moments leading up to his death that stated, "Heart beat irregular ... oxygen level low." This is how surviving family members and medical personnel knew what he was dealing with in the moments leading up to his passing.
"My dad passed at home, and no one tried to help him," Gambrell told the Detroit Free Press. "He asked for help, and they sent him away. They turned him away."
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Fowler's immediately family was the first to notice his deceased body, and Gambrell says his little brother called him in agony, screaming about how his father would not wake up. Gambrell rushed across town to Fowler's home, and by that time police and emergency medical workers had already arrived.
Gambrell gave his final goodbyes to Fowler's lifeless body before contacting the media to explain what had happened. Not only was Fowler not given a test for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), but he was refused admittance to any of the local care facilities that may have been able to save his life.
"I just felt so bad because he was begging for his life, and medical professionals did nothing for him," Gambrell says.
Gary Fowler's own father David also died from complications associated with the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) right around the same time as his son, though he was admitted to the local Henry Ford Hospital before passing. Fowler Sr. tested positive for the novel virus and was immediately put on a ventilator, and not long after he died.
"We just thought he had the flu," Gambrell told the media, noting that the following week is when Fowler Jr. developed a cough that "was getting worse and worse by the hour."
When Fowler Jr. started to develop a cough and fever, along with shortness of breath – all potential signs of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) – he says he asked medical staff at Beaumont Hospital in Grosse Point for help, as well as a test, explaining to them that his father had tested positive for the novel virus. But they refused.
"He tells them, 'My father has the coronavirus. I would like to get a test because I am showing symptoms. I am coughing,'" Gambrell recalls. "He had a fever of 101. He had shortness of breath. He was showing all the signs. They tell him, 'Sir, more than likely the fever is from bronchitis.' And they told him to go home."
As it turns out, other Fowler family members also developed symptoms and were similarly turned away and denied tests.
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