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Veterans Administration Patient / Lost In Elevator / Dies / Hines, Illinois #240115

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, May 21, 1975
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(Studio) Veterans Administration launches investigation into bizarre episode involving patient in Veterans Administration hosp. in Illinois.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Hines, Illinois) Irwin Pawelski misplaced by hosp. 10 days before scheduled surgery. Massive search finds him in hosp. elevator where an attendant apparently left him; patient died soon after. [Widow Dorothy PAWELSKI - tells her story of search for missing husband.] [Hosp. director Dr. Robert FIUIN - finds it inconceivable patient remained in elevator so long. Can only be assumed no one realized his condition.] [Mrs. PAWELSKI - says this could happen in any hosp.]
REPORTER: Randy Daniels

Cronkite, Walter;
Daniels, Randy

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