Eighty Eight year old man snatched from Nursing Home!

Melissa Dawn By Melissa Dawn, 18th Jan 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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An eighty eight year old Canadian WWII Veteran was snatched from his bed by an emergency response team in British Columbia.


This story is based on factual events that occurred in late January, early February of 2007. The real story took place at a real nursing home somewhere in a small town in British Columbia, Canada. While the real story was a blip on the radio news-wire it has stayed with me.

While the actual real location of the town has been forgotten by myself, the names and location in this funny story have been changed. While the facts at the beginning are true, artistic license has been taken to make this into a real work of fiction. This is in response to Johnny Dodd's challenge to write a funny article.

Old man snatched from nursing home!

In late January 2007, my early morning newscast on a local radio station reported that a B.C senior aged eighty eight had been mistakenly taken for dead. During the early morning hours, nurses making their rounds at the senior citizen complex found an elderly gentlemen dead from natural causes. Whether this death was expected or not was never stated; what occurred was that Nurses following procedures telephoned the ambulance to come and remove the deceased.

The emergency response team did in fact show up, and remove a senior from the large room he shared with a roommate. They loaded him into the body bag, and then the ambulance and made the slow trip to the county morgue. Somewhere en route to this morgue, the said senior woke up in a panic, began hollering and clawing his way out of the body bag in the back of the ambulance.

The ambulance personnel had picked up the wrong fella. A very much alive, feisty eighty eight year old WWII veteran, who was not at all pleased to be told he was dead!

Old man returned to nursing home!

The news cast said the ambulance attendant in the back suffered quite severe shock. The ambulance was pulled over to the side of the road where both driver and attendant could examine said Senior. The Senior, who I shall call 'Roger' was quite irate and explained he had always been a very sound sleeper. Roger was returned very quickly and quietly to the Nursing home and the appropriate deceased senior was removed. One can only hope they checked a little more carefully this time.

How this story reached the local news, followed by Canada's national radio broadcasts is at best a guess. Whether an expected fuss was raised with nursing home management along with telephone calls to local family members would probably explain most of it.

'Roger' snatched from nursing home again!

Several weeks to a month later in February 2007 the radio broadcast aired the story that 'Roger', now with a new roommate in the retirement home in B.C had once again been mistaken for dead and loaded into the ambulance. This time, nursing personnel had been quite sure Roger had passed on from old age. The ambulance had come, examined him for a pulse and taken him to the county hospital. This time he woke up as they were preparing to load him into the morgue.

Once again it was reported that ambulance personnel suffered shock. Roger on the other hand suffered outrage. While little was said over how he left the hospital this time, it was reported that his language was none too friendly. Instead of returning to the home he made his way to the local Mayor's office and made quite a fuss.

Apparently his tirade to the rather shocked small town Mayor went something like this: “I have survived WWII, two wives, five children, multiple grandchildren and the Mulroney (our former Prime Minister) Administration, all to be snatched from my bed twice, in a secure adult facility'.

The Mayor was shocked and promised to immediately look into matters. First things first, after all this is Canada and we are a caring bunch, the Mayor loaded up Roger into his SUV and took him for a most excellent breakfast free of charge. Returning him later to the retirement home, The Mayor did in fact speak with management. Roger was immediately moved to a private room, an upgrade for no extra cost. When asked by media how he felt about his ordeal Roger responded with....”Never have the bed closest to the door'.

Whatever happened to Roger?

I never did hear any more about what happened to this Octogenarian. Over the years I have envisioned several different scenarios, most of them with comic results. While it was indeed funny, it does point to our over burdened health care system here in Canada. Every day stories of elder abuse, neglect and lack of appropriate and timely medical services reach us via media.

How this news story inspired me

News stories can inspire us to write comedy, base true events on a novel, or simply report them as news for views here on Wikinut.

For myself, having the deepest respect for our seniors and veterans' I simply decided that I had to share the story that led to the inspiration for my novel in progress, 'And then what happened' which I have shared with you here on Wikinut.


Elder Care, Elder Neglect, Elders, Funny Man, Funny Nursing Home Stories, Funny Old Man, Funny Old People Stories, Funny Veterans, Nursing Home, Nursing Home Negligence, Nursing Homes, Veterans

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author avatar Melissa Dawn
I have been writing ever since I can remember, and currently focus my attention on articles, how to guides and e-books. Check out my group e-book at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/488536

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author avatar Delicia Powers
20th Jan 2012 (#)

amazing page and story, thanks Melissa

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author avatar Songbird B
20th Jan 2012 (#)

Always love your articles Mel, and this made me chuckle..What an unlucky guy he was..A funny response to Johnny's Challenge..

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author avatar Denise O
20th Jan 2012 (#)

The poor guy, I can only imagine. Geesh! Nice one. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Sheila Newton
20th Jan 2012 (#)

What a brilliant story. I nursed in nursing homes for a couple of years and we often had absconders. Those times were worrying times too. Lovely to meet you. must follow your work. Thanks for following me.

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author avatar Melissa Dawn
20th Jan 2012 (#)

THank you all for reading my story! I love you all :-0

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author avatar bronnamdi
21st Jan 2012 (#)

Humorous article.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
21st Jan 2012 (#)

Thank you, Melissa. This story is so well told and the humour is respectful and caring to the older gentleman. It really is funny and I congratulate you.

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author avatar Melissa Dawn
21st Jan 2012 (#)

Thank you so much Ivyevelyn!

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author avatar Buzz
21st Jan 2012 (#)

A comic relief from the drudgery of life, mel. Thanks for the funny article.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
22nd Jan 2012 (#)

Very well told and entertaining.

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author avatar Gord Lang
23rd Jan 2012 (#)

I thoroughly enjoyed the read! Thanks.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
24th Jan 2012 (#)

Luckily, he got up none too late! Humorous is an understatement. Poor old Roger should have had a tough time to prove he was alive, Melissa . All old are not dead while some young are not alive unfortunately! siva

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author avatar ittech
24th Jan 2012 (#)

Rather fascinating information.

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author avatar stephaniemorris26
26th Jan 2012 (#)

I loved the part about "Don't have the bed closest to the door".. that is too funny. Great read

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author avatar Val Mills
31st Jan 2012 (#)

This made me smile, nice one

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author avatar johnnydod
4th Feb 2012 (#)

Well that started my day with a giggle Melissa good one It will be on my page later today

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