44-YEAR-OLD PATIENT DENIED TREATMENT THAT WOULD LIKELY HAVE SAVED HIS LIFE
Wife Only Allowed to See Her Husband Through a Glass Window in Hospital
Lisa and her husband, Lenny, both came down with the Delta variant of Covid last August. They were both sick about a week when he took a turn for the worse and his lips turned blue, struggling to breathe. They called the ambulance which took him to Central Florida Regional Hospital. The hospital put him on oxygen with a BiPap mask and without Lisa’s knowledge started him on a five-day course of Remdesivir immediately.
Lisa called the hospital 3-4 times a day to speak with her husband and talk with the doctors and nurses. No one was allowed to see Lenny, even though Lisa had the antibodies from her previous Covid illness. She repeatedly begged the doctors to give him Hydroxychloroquine, Ivermectin and monoclonal antibodies, but they kept refusing, saying they were following the hospital’s protocol.
On August 22, after the five days of Remdesivir, Lenny’s health declined, and they told Lisa they would have to intubate him. A week went by and they finally let her go look at Lenny through a glass window.
She spoke to the nurses and doctors every day, and they would say “he is holding his own.” However, on September 8, Lisa got a call that her husband was in cardiac arrest, and she should come to the hospital immediately. Lenny Mendez died that day.
Lenny was a husband, a father of two teenagers, a son, a brother, and a friend. He was 44 years old and had his whole life ahead of him. He was denied treatment that would likely have saved his life. His wife’s wishes were ignored, and as a result of the hospital’s protocol, Lenny was killed.
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