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Sports Father of man who died after Montreal Marathon calls for improvements

04:07  01 july  2020
04:07  01 july  2020 Source:   montrealgazette.com

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A 24-year-old man died Sunday after he collapsed while running in the Montreal Marathon . Patrick Neely was competing in the 21.1-kilometre half- marathon when It took so long that Gagnon thought she had lost all concept of time in the heat of the moment. But after reviewing her phone records, she

Tremblay said two calls from citizens came after 9:55 a.m., but there is no report of any other calls before that time. "It is not known if people have Rock 'n' Roll Montreal Marathon race organizers issued a statement Monday afternoon offering "sincere sympathies" to Neely's family and friends while

a group of people jumping in the air: Patrick Neely, an industrial engineer from Beaconsfield, was was less than a kilometre from the finish line in the half marathon event of the Oasis Rock 'n' Roll Montreal Marathon on when he collapsed. He died later that day after suffering cardiac arrest. © Geert Vanden Wijngaert Patrick Neely, an industrial engineer from Beaconsfield, was was less than a kilometre from the finish line in the half marathon event of the Oasis Rock 'n' Roll Montreal Marathon on when he collapsed. He died later that day after suffering cardiac arrest.

The father of Patrick Neely, the 24-year-old runner who collapsed near the end of the half-marathon event at last year’s Montreal Marathon, denounced what he calls the “mind-boggling comedy of errors” revealed in the coroner’s report into his son’s death.

“You can’t help but think of gross negligence” upon reading the coroner’s report , Sean Neely told the Montreal Gazette in an interview Tuesday.

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Patrick Neely, an industrial engineer from Beaconsfield, was was less than a kilometre from the finish line in the half marathon event of the Oasis Rock ‘n’ Roll Montreal Marathon on the morning of Sept. 22, when he collapsed at 9:51 a.m.

In a report published on Monday, Quebec coroner Géhane Kamel concluded Neely died of multi-organ failure after suffering cardiac arrest. The report details how it took more than nine minutes to get a defibrillator to Neely after a police officer saw the young man fall and went to his side. That officer, whom Neely’s father praised for her actions, called Urgences-Santé at 9:54 a.m.and then performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on Neely, with help from other bystanders.

Urgences-Santé had difficulty reaching paramedics because they had been assigned to a mobile medical clinic, the coroner notes. This resulted in a two-minute delay and it was 10 a.m. before the ambulance got on the road. Meanwhile, a different police officer ran to the nearby fire station and alerted firefighters, who arrived on the scene with a defibrillator at 10:01 a.m.

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Urgences-Santé paramedics arrived and took over at 10:03 a.m. Neely was taken to Notre-Dame Hospital and was later transferred to the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM), where he was declared dead at 8:11 p.m.

“What’s maddening,” Neely said, “is that about a block away (from where his son fell) there was a marathon worker with a defibrillator in a backpack, ready to transport it two blocks east or two blocks west, yet they never got a call, because somehow the marathon dispatcher did not get the message.”

In her report, the coroner faults marathon organizers for a lack of clear communication with the City of Montreal, which resulted in a lack of necessary personnel on the site. Only 60 of an expected 200 volunteers showed up to monitor the route for problems.

“It’s mind-boggling, the comedy of errors,” Neely said.

Neely was healthy and fit, but he had congenital heart disease, a condition he had noted on the race bib he was wearing. His father questions why he was taken by ambulance to Notre-Dame Hospital, rather than the CHUM, which offers hemodynamic monitoring for cardiac patients and was only 300 metres further away. In her report, the coroner recommends that ambulance crews be instructed to take cardiac patients to hospitals that offer this monitoring, rather than the closest hospital.

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The marathon is a long-distance race with an official distance of 42.195 kilometres (26 miles 385 yards),[1] usually run as a road race. The marathon can be completed by running or with a run/walk strategy. There are also wheelchair divisions.

Neely said the family believes there was “some pretty significant negligence on a number of levels” but has not decided whether to take legal action.

“We are studying the file, talking to some professionals, and we’ll make a decision on that in the coming weeks or months.”

Patrick Neely studied sciences at John Abbott College before moving on to the Polytechnique Montréal, where he earned a degree in industrial engineering and then found work at a local consulting firm. A licensed ski instructor and avid runner, Neely was well-loved by his many good friends, his father said, and his parents and two siblings are shattered by the loss.

“He was the kind of guy who nobody would say a bad word about,” his father said. “He could be friends with anybody, a very smooth personality. … He was a joy to be around, to be honest.”

Sean Neely said he would like to see the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon organization, which lends its name to races across North America, increase safety at these events.

“It seems like this wasn’t very well organized at all,” the father said. “I’d like to see norms put in place so that race organizers have no choice but to provide a safe environment for runners. Maybe the only way to shake up the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon is if they see that if they don’t provide a safe environment there will be some pretty severe financial penalties levied at them.”

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At a minimum, Seely said, his family would like to see all of the coroner’s recommendations implemented, so “that the marathon becomes a much more secure, polished and responsible organization.”

The marathon’s director, Dominique Piché, resigned a few days after the race, assuming full responsibility for the lack of sufficient staff and volunteers to ensure the safety of the runners.

A request for comment from the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon organization went unanswered Tuesday.

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