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Health minister opens door for B.C. man stuck in California hospital

Decision changed just hours after CBC News report aired

A sick Chilliwack man, who has spent the past two years in a California hospital, is being allowed to return home to continue his rehabilitation, even though he is technically not eligible for provincial medical coverage.

B.C. Health Minister George Abbott made the decision one day after the CBC aired a report on David Chapman's situation. On Wednesday, a ministry official called the Chapman family with the good news.

Abbott told CBC News his ministry is now working with the family and regional health authorities to find Chapman a bed in the right rehabilitation centre so he can return home as soon as possible.

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