80-year-old woman says she was denied access to hospital handicapped parking spot

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by Brittany Noble / News 4 and Adam McDonald / KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on July 4, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Updated Saturday, Jul 5 at 10:41 AM

(KMOV) – An 80-year-old woman said she was denied access to a handicapped parking space at St. Mary’s Hospital after hospital officials barricaded the spots.

“We’ve always been able to park close enough where I could get in and I could manage the walk to his (her husband) room,” said Kay Faulkmeyer. “But not today.”

Hospital officials said they closed circle drive because of increased traffic from Fair St. Louis, but still offered handicapped parking in the garage along with ramps and wheelchairs for anyone who needs them.

They also said parking is bot allowed in the circle drive, but it used for valet parking and patient pick up or drop off.

However, Faulkmeyer says the garage was too far of a walk and claims a wheelchair was never offered.

“We’ve always been able to park close enough there where I could get in and I could manage the walk to his room,” Faulkmeyer said. “But not today. I guess the people coming into the park are more important.”

Both Faulkmeyer and her daughter ended up going home and calling her husband instead. 

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