Prudential Security Guard Gary Fowler and His Father Both Pass From COVID-19 Complications
Prudential security officer Gary Fowler and his father David pass from COVID-19 six hours apart after allegedly turned away by 3 hospitals
By: Rudy Harper
Posted at 10:38 PM, Apr 21, 2020, and last updated 3:08 AM, Apr 22, 2020
GROSSE POINT WOODS (WXYZ) — A metro Detroit family is reeling after two devastating losses six hours apart.
David Fowler, 76, and his son, Gary, 56, both died due to complications from the coronavirus, according to Gary's daughter Paris McCray.
McCray said her grandfather, David, died on April 6 and her father on April 7 in his Grosse Pointe Woods home.
"He was in his recliner... that's where we found his body," McCray said. She added that her mother was asleep in the bed next to the chair when he passed.
"My father was a great man," Ross Fowler said. "He was well-loved."
McCray claims three metro Detroit hospitals declined her father COVID-19 testing and treatment. Her grandfather never went to a hospital to be tested before dying.
"If (my father) could of gotten admitted to any hospital and gotten the proper treatment and proper care, he would still be here," McCray said.
Since then, she said three family members have tested positive for the new virus, including their mother, she was rushed back to the hospital on Tuesday due to complications from the virus.
McCray believes the system failed her father. They want others to avoid the heartbreak they've endured.
"Get [tested]! Because we couldn't, we were denied," McCray said.
7 Action News reached out to Beaumont, Detroit Receiving, and Henry Ford hospitals where McCray said they went to get her father help.