A Brampton, Ont., woman mourning the sudden death of her husband wants to know what happened to his belongings — but, she says, the hospital where he was admitted isn’t offering any answers.
Kalpana Sippy says her husband of 30 years, Dr. Rajinder Sippy, was wearing a watch and a gold necklace when he suddenly began suffering chest pains in July. The 57-year-old general practitioner was working in his office at the time and was rushed by ambulance to the Brampton Civic Hospital, where he died.
"I was in a state of shock," Sippy told CBC News reporter Stephanie Matteis in an exclusive interview.
She says she left the hospital in a daze, but later called the head nurse to retrieve her husband’s belongings, including his wallet, identification and bank cards.
But the nurse told Sippy that they couldn’t find them.
Since then, Sippy says she has been in touch with hospital staff, including the head of security and a patient relations officer.
"I think we tried to contact with them around 10 to 15 times the last two months… and the patient relations officer, she finally said, ‘No, sorry, we can’t find anything,’" says Sippy.
She says she was never offered any compensation or even a formal apology.
A spokesperson from the hospital says that it launched an investigation, but it hasn’t turned up any missing items.
The spokesperson also said that hospital staff usually follow a process of documentation when personal items are taken from patients and returned to family members — but in this case, no paperwork was found.
Sippy, meanwhile, has started a file with Peel Regional Police and is waiting to hear back. She says her husband’s belongings have sentimental value and that he wanted their son to have his watch.
"Those were the last things that he had on him, so they should be given properly to the family members," Sippy says.