Son of Dead Holy Family Hospital patient to Meet with Officials, Declines Meeting with Hospital.


Big Band Singer Bran Evans with his mom Helen Bousquet

Big Band Singer Brian Evans with mom Helen Bousquet

(Part II of on ongoing series)

State Senator’s William Brownsberger and Minority Leader Bruce E. Tarr, have scheduled a meeting with Brian Evans on November 13th at the State House to discuss the tragedy involving his mother, Helen Bousquet, who died at The Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, Massachusetts following knee surgery.

An inspector from the Board of Medicine says he will also be in attendance.

Evans says Governor Patrick and US Senator John Kerry are also expected to attend.

 The meeting comes after Evans bombarded state and federal officials with complaints regarding his mother’s recovery room care, where a Helen Bousquet, (known by the hospital to have sleep apnea and a heart condition) was put in an unmonitored recovery room while on a morphine drip following knee replacement surgery.

Letter to Medical Examiner’s Office

Bousquet had been throwing up all day the day she went into cardiac arrest. According to her son, based on statements made to him, he says, by nurses, she was in the room for over an hour without being checked on.

 “They said they checked on her at 8:00 PM, and then again just after 9:00 PM when they found her unconcious,” said famous crooner Brian Evans.”She was not on a monitor or the prescribed sleep apnea machine they knew she had to be on, especially on morphine which is known to slow your respiratory system and will put you in a deeper sleep,” says Evans.

“The nurses explanation was that they don’t given out sleep apnea machines until 9:00 PM when patients go to sleep, despite her being on morphine all day. The night before they never gave her a sleep apnea machine at all, at any time, so the nurses statement makes no sense. I’m surprised she even survived that first night following her surgery. After just one night following the surgery, they stuck her in an unmonitored room knowing she was in massive pain and throwing up all day while dosed up on morphine.”

 Evans also takes issue with The Eagle Tribune, who has not written word one about this story.

 “Unfortunately, the Eagle Tribune, in my personal opinion, is more interested in the buddy system than actual news. It’s publisher seems more interested in finding work as a ventriloquist than as a publisher of important information. His website,, pretty much says where his head is at,” says Evans.

Eagle Tribune Publisher Al Getler

Eagle Tribune Publisher Al Getler

“That’s who is in charge of your Eagle Tribune and the news around you, and if they don’t like you, they smear you and rehash anything they think will hurt you,” says Evans. “When we ran an ad recently for one of my concerts for The Wilbur Theatre in Boston, they put the ad on the obituary page. Don’t expect coverage from a newspaper that prides itself as being a pulitzer prize winning newspaper. The writer who wrote that prize winning story has been long dead, but the paper loves to take credit for it. Meanwhile, you have someone alleging criminally negligent homicide and they don’t say a word. It’s not news to them that state senators are calling a meeting to discuss a woman who died in their own backyard, or that a criminal complaint was filed. It’s a newspaper, in my constitutionally protected opinion, that uses it’s newspaper as a weapon for those it has an axe to grind with rather than a vehicle of truth. It picks and chooses what they feel you should know, and it always has their arrogant spin on it that seeks to shoot down those it doesn’t like.”

 Evans has retained counsel and will be filing suit against the hospital and physicians. Evans was approached by The Holy Family Hospital in a letter seeking a meeting with Evans. Evans declined.

Holy Family Letter “I told The Holy Family Hospital that they have bigger problems than a meeting with me, and there is nothing they can tell me or offer me that will make me go away. One day I will see my mother again, and she will know I fought for her. She did not die so that I could buy a bigger TV,” says Evans. “Their ignorance took away the one person that loved me unconditionally, and you can’t buy that off of me.”

 “I blame myself for not being there to save her from these complete idiots,” says Evans.

 Evans has also contacted the Archdiocese of Boston to complain that the Catholic religion connection to this corporately owned hospital gives elder individuals the false impression that it is safer.

 “People need to know that just because the word “Holy” is in the name, it doesn’t mean “safer,” he says.


Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan is president and publisher of The Valley Patriot Newspaper in North Andover, Massachusetts. He is an author, host of the Paying Attention TV/Radio Program, lectures on media bias and police issues, is a former Lawrence School Committeeman, former political director for Mass. Citizens Alliance, and a 1990 Police Survivor. You can email your comments to

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109 Responses to Son of Dead Holy Family Hospital patient to Meet with Officials, Declines Meeting with Hospital.

  1. Reply

    November 1, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    in the picture, which one is Al Getler?

  2. Kathy Goodsell Reply

    November 1, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    One statement stands out to me…they do not put a patient on a “sleep apnea’ machine until 9:00 PM…where I work, this is put on a patient when he/she is in bed, to sleep for the night (usually by 8:00PM). Note, the patient’s I am talking about are not on a morphine drip and are not fresh post-op patients. So, I’m thinking Mrs. Bousquet should have been on that machine the entire time she was sleeping….not at “9:00 PM when others are put on the machine”.

  3. Sally Reynolds Reply

    November 1, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    Getler is the douchebag on the right.

  4. Maureen Gioia Reply

    November 3, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    I have to wonder why Mr Evans wanted his mother cremated immediately when he filed a complaint at the police department for criminal wrongdoing right after she died.

  5. Brian Evans Reply

    November 3, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    I believed it hindered her spiritual journey by not letting her go the way she wanted as soon as possible. I knew an “autopsy” would only help “a case”, but I didn’t care about that, and I wasn’t going to allow my mother to be desecrated after all that she had already gone through. How she died did not matter. In my eyes, no matter what the cause was, she didn’t have a fighting chance not having a monitor on her finger to alert anyone in the hospital of something going wrong in the room. Besides, I was not legally the next of kin, and they never approached him (her husband) to ask him anything until her body had already been removed, again, without his permission or even a death certificate. You’d truly have to be in the desperation of that moment to fully understand where I am coming from. I am her son, and I was helpless in anything I could do. They were asking me questions when I was completely out of my mind. My mom was dying in front of me.

    The police could have stepped in at anytime to hault any actions that were being taken. No actions had been taken when the police report was filed, including the cremation. The police response to the filing of the report was simply, “Monday’s a holiday, they’ll get to this on Tuesday.”

    There wasn’t one decision that I made after she passed away that wasn’t specifically her decision. She told me what she wanted.

    I was not going to delay, as silly as you might think it is, her journey because of some Earthly need. I will see my mother again one day, she will know I did what she wanted, and she will know I fought for her. What she’ll also know is, I didn’t sell her out. For anything.

  6. Brian Evans Reply

    November 3, 2012 at 7:46 PM


    My mother’s journey doesn’t wait for a holiday.

    How it sounds to anyone doesn’t mean anything to me.

  7. Janice Harrington Reply

    November 3, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    Brian, nicely put, and I understand what you are saying completely. Maureen Gioia is a nurse from Lawrence, so don’t expect her to come up with any remarks that aren’t on the side of her buddies. I notice she didn’t have anything to say about your beef’s, just what she could pull out of it to try to make you look negative. It’s Eagle Tribune country, remember that.

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