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People without caregivers end up stranded in hospitals

November 21, 2018

Within the bustle and organized chaos of Denver’s massive airport, an 80-year-old man with Alzheimer’s disease named Jerry Ellingsen was found wandering alone after traveling with his small dog from Fort Myers, Florida.Jerry didn’t know where he was or why he was in Denver.Police tried contacting his daughter and wife, neither of whom would pick him up, so officers were forced to call an ambulance that took him to a nearby hospital.A three-month long 9Wants to Know investigation is uncovering a growing healthcare epidemic where hundreds of people like Jerry are abandoned every year at metro-area hospitals.

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