Helen Marie Bousquet tragically passed away after what is described by her son, Brian Evans, as “basic routine procedure” for knee surgery. She was left in an unmonitored recovery room while medicated on morphine (an opioid), which is known to slow down breathing and the respiratory system, even in patients who do not have sleep apnea.

Helen Marie Bousquet’s avoidable death highlights the need for better assessment of patients for sleep apnea and for better treatment and monitoring of such patients before, during and after surgery.

Almost six years after a lawsuit for negligence was commenced, Mr. Evans said that a verdict was handed down on September 17, 2018:

“One of the defendants settled the case before the jury verdict and one of the nursing defendants was found negligent.”

Tom Hanks – “We honor her life. The world won’t be the same without her”

William Shatner, the legendary film and television icon honored Helen Marie Bousquet. The music video “At Fenway” features Mr. Shatner as the home plate umpire and Ms. Bousquet, who was also co-producer. 

The song is now in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The shirts Mr. Shatner, Mr. Evans, and Ms. Bousquet wore will be added to The National Baseball Hall of Fame Library in Cooperstown. 

Mr. Evans was texting Mr. Shatner from The Holy Family Hospital on the evening Ms. Bousquet died following what was supposed to be a routine knee surgery.

Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges and crooner Brian Evans and Sleep Apnea


39 United States Governors and the Province of BC, in Canada have issued Sleep Apnea Proclamations, after hearing about what happened to Helen Marie Bousquet.

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To prevent further deaths from occurring in patients with sleep apnea by evaluating hospitals on their assessment and treatment of sleep apnea patients and by educating clinicians on sleep apnea best practices.


Evaluate Hospitals on Their Assessment and Treatment of Sleep Apnea Patients based on their:

  • Assessment of patients for sleep apnea before surgery.
  • Treatment of patients diagnosed with sleep apnea, including providing positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy during their hospital stay and opioid-reducing therapies before, during and after surgery.
  • Continuous electronic monitoring of patients receiving opioids after surgery.

Evaluation will be determined following hospital visits, interviews with the hospital’s executives and staff, and an assessment of the hospital’s practices and its executives’ commitment to a culture of patient safety.

Educate Clinicians on Sleep Apnea Best Practices

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