First-Time Novelist Dies at 80

Posted by Anneli Rufus at 12:57 pm, Saturday, February 14, 2009

jonesA British novelist has died because he walked home from the hospital that had just discharged him. “A hospital has been censured by health watchdogs for letting an elderly man walk home unsupervised to his death after a blood transfusion,” we read in the Daily Mail. “Aplyn Wynn-Jones, 80, was discharged from the hospital after receiving treatment for anaemia. He was found by his daughter Alison the next day at his home in his armchair wrapped in blankets, and died within hours of organ failure and a heart attack.” Wynn-Jones had just published his first book, Hidden Springs, an historical novel based on the life of Bonnie Prince Charlie. After the treatment, hospital authorities did not offer transportation home for Wynn-Jones, suggesting instead that he  use a pay phone to arrange for a ride. The phone was out of order and Wynn-Jones, who was relatively fit, set off walking on his own. But apparently the jaunt was too much for him in his weakened condition.

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