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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Hyde 'confused' after Taser hit: N.S. nurse

August 4, 2009
CBC/The Canadian Press

An inquiry probing the death of a mentally ill man who was struck by a Taser by Halifax police has heard that Howard Hyde was "restless" and "confused" when he was taken to hospital after being shocked twice.

Susan Hedley, a registered nurse who helped care for Hyde in the early-morning hours of Nov. 21, 2007, testified Tuesday that paramedics said the 45-year-old man had schizophrenia and was off his medication.

She said Hyde was "talking, but not really connecting ... thoughts" when he was brought into the trauma room of a Halifax hospital.

Hedley also testified that paramedics indicated Hyde had been shocked by a Taser and was given CPR.

She said an electrocardiogram (EKG), a test that records the heart's electrical activity, was performed on Hyde, and the machine showed there was abnormal activity, though she did not elaborate.

Hyde, who was eventually released from hospital, died in a correctional facility about 30 hours after being struck by the stun gun.

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