Tue. Jul 7th, 2020

Father of man who died after Montreal Marathon calls for improvements

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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.

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.

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