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Family wants answers: Are father’s injuries the result of a fall or something else

August 7, 2018

A 52-year-old Halifax County man is in hospice after what was initially reported as a fall at a nursing home. Brian Blanchard's family doesn't believe his injuries could be the result of a fall.

A 52-year-old Halifax County man is in hospice after what was initially reported as a fall at a nursing home. Brian Blanchard’s family doesn’t believe his injuries could be the result of a fall, and they have shared their concerns widely on Facebook. Local police and the State Bureau of Investigation are looking into the family’s allegations.

When Ashley Blanchard got a call that her father had fallen at Accordius Health at Scotland Manor on July 28 and was at the emergency room, she wasn’t that worried. 52-year-old Brian Blanchard had been at Accordius for about a year, being treated for complications from a heart attack in 2013 and Parkinson’s disease.

“We just thought they were getting him checked out,” she said.

Then, her mother called and told Ashley it looked like her father had been beaten.

Ashley Blanchard was shocked at her dad’s appearance.

″(He had a) really bad black eye. The other eye was starting to get black as well. He’s got two goose eggs above his eyebrow, a cut that had to get stitches in it. He was throwing up blood,” she said.

He hadn’t looked like that after other falls, and medical personnel shared her suspicions.

“They were not thinking it was just a fall. They thought it was something else,” she said.

Brian Blanchard spent several days in the ICU at WakeMed and then was transferred to hospice.

Accordius Health took over operations in April 2017, and the facility has a clean state inspection record, but, at the urging of the Blanchard family, law enforcement is looking into his injuries.

“There were injuries to Mr. Blanchard. It’s under investigation at this time. I can’t really comment on it any further than that, said Scotland Neck Chief of Police John Tippett. “He does have a history of falling in the past.”

Accordius Vice President of Clinical Services Sara Deiter, said, “Everything we’ve investigated gives us no indication of it being anything other than what it was reported to be. An internal investigation is ongoing.”

Ashley Blanchard is looking for answers.

“I want justice,” she said. “I want answers as to how that could happen in their care, and I want it not to happen to anyone else.”

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