The parents of the young man who was killed on the Trans-Canada Highway after he exited an ambulance say they are upset with an internal report Eastern Health has completed into the tragedy.
Riley Anderson Fowlow, 19, managed to get out of an ambulance and run into the woods during a medical transfer to St. John's on Sept. 24. Shortly after that, he was struck and killed by a transport truck on the highway.
Eastern Health completed a report on Wednesday which said there was no wrongdoing by anyone involved.
Wade Fowlow, Riley's father, said he and his wife are not so sure.
"Well, we don't think it went right, no," said Fowlow. "There's a lot of things that never went right."
Mother could have helped
Fowlow said he was hesitant to list all his family's concerns with the report, but he said he is almost certain that Riley would still be alive if his mother had been allowed to ride in the ambulance with him.
"If his mother was there with him she could probably talk to him and calm him down a bit," said Fowlow. "More so than a stranger." Fowlow said it's not clear to him why his wife was denied the chance to ride in the ambulance with her son, but Eastern Health has said attendants may prohibit people from travelling with a patient, depending on the circumstances.
Fowlow added that he would like Eastern Health to reconsider its position on letting other people travel with patients being transported in ambulances.
The health authority says as part of its continuing review of patient transfers, it will look at the type of escort required, whether it's health professionals, family or some other support person.