Man whose wife died after collapse at hospital gets apology

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man whose wife collapsed and later died after being found outside a locked hospital emergency room door has received a face-to-face apology from the chief executive of the hospital’s parent company.

Patrick Wardell, CEO of Cambridge Health Alliance, told Peter DeMarco on Tuesday that he was “very sorry” for what happened.

DeMarco accepted the apology but said he was not satisfied with all the answers he received from hospital officials.

DeMarco’s heart-wrenching first-person account of the death of his wife, Laura Levis, appeared in The Boston Globe magazine.

Levis, having an asthma attack, walked to Somerville Hospital in the early morning hours of Sept. 16, 2016, and called 911 after finding the doors locked. She was found unresponsive on a bench 29 feet from the main entrance and died days later.

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This story has been corrected to show that Levis was found unresponsive on the bench and not dead, and died days later.