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Ontario man back home in Toronto rehab centre after being stuck in U.S. hospital

An elderly Toronto man who was stuck in a Florida hospital because his insurance company said there were no beds available back home is in a rehab hospital in the city’s east end.

“That’s all I wanted,” Todd Hrabchak’s wife, Lillian, told CBC Toronto.

“It ought not to have taken this long and my measures,” she said, referring to a week-long saga getting her sick husband out of the Englewood Community Hospital, near the couple’s winter home in Rotonda West on Florida’s west coast.

Last Monday, Todd, 83, was admitted to the hospital with an infected cut on his shin that made it impossible for him to stand or walk.

He arrived with a high fever and was “shaking, shivering and losing his mind,” Lillian said on Tuesday.

After receiving treatment his condition improved, but he remained in a “seriously vulnerable state,” she said.

‘Patients may need to wait’

Lillian had been in daily contact with her insurance provider, Allianz Global Assistance — a third-party administrator for Sun Life — in a desperate attempt to get him home and, preferably, into a Toronto hospital bed.

At the time Allianz said it couldn’t find a bed.

“A bed must be available prior to arranging transportation home,” Sun Life said in an emailed statement to CBC on Tuesday. “From time-to-time patients may need to wait for a hospital bed to become available.”

The company added it “sympathizes with Mr. Hrabchak’s situation and is doing everything we can to ensure he receives the quality care required.”

Lillian and Todd Hrabchak

Lillian and Todd Hrabchak are seen here in a Florida hospital on March 20. (Submitted)

On Wednesday, the Hrabchaks flew out of Sarasota, and, after arriving in Toronto, went immediately to St. Joseph’s Hospital. On Wednesday, Todd was transferred to Providence Healthcare Centre near St. Clair and Warden avenues.

“I am happy to have opened a can of worms regarding this matter,” Lillian wrote in a

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