Man dies of coronary heart disease hours after wife says he was turned away from hospital

Man Dies of Heart Disease Hours After He Was Reportedly Turned Away from Hospital

OAK CREEK, Wis. — A Wisconsin man with heart problems died hours after he was turned away from a hospital, according to his wife, and now law enforcement officials are investigating.

Spendi Rusitovski, 46, died in the back of an ambulance Monday after crashing his car into a ditch, WIS-TV reported.

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However, Rusitovski didn't die from the crash. He told responding police that he was experiencing chest pain before losing consciousness in the ambulance. A medical examiner later ruled Rusitovski died from coronary artery disease.

Rusitovski had visited Ascension SE Wisconsin Hospital for chest pain earlier in the day, WIS-TV reported, citing the medical examiner's report.

"The doctor wanted to admit the decedent after a sonogram was performed, but no beds were available. He was sent home and told to wait for the hospital to call him when a bed was available," the report said.

But Rusitovski wouldn't live to receive that call.

Rusitovski's wife confirmed to Oak Creek police that "his doctor wanted him to be admitted for a heart issue. However, there were no rooms available."

The hospital issued the following statement after the news station tried to confirm that it had turned Rusitovski away: "Out of respect for each individual's right to privacy and to comply with applicable state and federal laws, Ascension Wisconsin is unable to comment."