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Report: Canadian family drives dead relative home from Florida to avoid U.S. hospitals, health care

A Canadian family drove home from Florida with a deceased relative to avoid dealing with American health care.
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ORMSTOWN, Quebec (WTHR) - A Canadian family drove home from Florida with a deceased relative to avoid dealing with American health care.

Fernand Drapeau, 87, reportedly started having health problems at the start of the trip to Florida with his wife and son. At some point on the return trip, Drapeau passed away.

But the Vancouver Sun reports the family members were "wary about the cost and hassle of going to an American hospital and getting Fernand's body repatriated," so they kept on driving toward the border.

Eventually stopped by customs at the U.S.-Canada border at Hemmingford, Quebec, Ferdnand's body was discovered and authorities determined he died at least a day earlier.

An autopsy has been scheduled, but police found no signs of violence against the man's body. He apparently had suffered a heart attack.