An elderly woman died in a hot car outside a Nevada VA hospital while her husband was having a blood transfusion after she was banned from going in due to COVID rules.
Lear Litt, 75, was killed by hyperthermia – overheating – in her car in 110 degree heat after officials at the North Las Vegas VA Hospital said she could not accompany her husband, David Litt, while he went underwent a blood transfusion in August 2020.
David, a military veteran, has now spoken out of his anguish over his wife’s death, and says he doesn’t know why she didn’t keep the engine running and its air-conditioning on.
Lear told one passer-by she feared the car would run out of gas, but David said he never let its tank get below half-full.
He choked up as he recalled worrying about why he hadn’t heard from Lear on calling her, then realizing she was being given emergency compressions across the hallway from him as staff tried in vain to save her.
Visitors were not permitted in the emergency department due to COVID rules.
Lear, who went out to the parking lot around 9.30am, was found dead in her car shortly after 2.30pm with a body temperature of 109 degrees, KLAS reported.
‘Rapid response in the parking lot,’ David Lear, now 78, recalled hearing over the PA system. ‘Someone’s doing compressions and I’m across the hall from where this is taking place, but I knew it was her. Without even seeing it, I knew it was her.’
David underwent his procedure on August 20, 2020 during the peak of pandemic. Hospitals across the nation were battling capacity constraints and most of the world was still under lockdown.
Non-essential visitors were barred from entering many medical facilities to try and cut the risk of COVID transmission, with vaccines still months away from being approved.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Natasha Anderson