Man found dead after hospital visit

Police attribute to natural causes
Sep. 09, 2013 @ 05:56 PM

A 44-year-old Lee County man was found dead near a Carthage Street doctor's office less than 24 hours after leaving Central Carolina Hospital.

The man, who was found outside the Sandhills Family Practice early Saturday morning, was identified as Michael Patrick Creador, of Sanford, and foul play is not suspected, according to a Sanford Police Department statement released Monday. Creador's death is being attributed to natural causes.

The man's father, Michael Joseph Creador, said his son was taken to CCH via ambulance at 6 p.m. Friday because he had difficulty breathing. Creador was, according to his father, released two hours later.

"They released him, and it's really unclear as to whether he walked out or what," Michael J. Creador said.

CCH Director of Public Relations Crystal Hickman confirmed that Creador was admitted, treated and released Friday night, but said she couldn't disclose anything else. When people are discharged from the hospital, they are responsible for their transportation, she said. The hospital, however, does try to assist patients if they ask for help, according to Hickman. 

Creador had a history of breathing problems and had been admitted to the hospital previously, according to his father.

Sandhills Family Practice had no comment.

The family is scheduled to receive friends from 6 - 8 p.m. today at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, and a graveside service is set for 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Broadway Town Cemetery.