PATIENT’S DAUGHTER WHO TRIES TO STOP NURSE FROM REMOVING HER FATHER FROM LIFE SUPPORT IS INTIMIDATED AND THREATENED BY GUARD DOGS AT HOSPITAL
Daughter, as Medical Power of Attorney for Her Father, is Prevented by Hospital from Making Medical Decisions Regarding His Care
My father contracted a respiratory infection in December 2020. He went to the VA and was tested twice as negative for Covid. He was not getting better and he finally went to the ER at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona. They admitted him because suddenly he was positive and gave him the standard Covid protocol.
They first isolated him and when we asked for a medical power of attorney, they refused to go in his room to even let him sign it. I think they had a hospital housekeeper present it to him. I eventually got the power of attorney, thank goodness, but to no avail. He continued to deteriorate and we were barely able to reach him. It turns out the bedside phone had been disconnected.
My brother, who was an ER nurse out of state spent a lot of time trying to communicate on behalf of my father’s nine children. My father was raising my 13-year-old half-sister and was her sole support. Our mother had died in 2006 from kidney failure and my father remarried briefly and had my little sister.
My father was given Remdesivir and inevitably transferred to the Intensive Care Unit where he was intubated. I recorded most of the conversations with my dad and with hospital staff. I took pictures of him, as well as the football-sized hematoma on his abdomen that they could offer no explanation for.
On February 12, I was traveling out of state for my son’s wedding and while I was gone, a nurse came in to remove my father from life support without even speaking to me as the medical power of attorney. My adult sister was at the hospital as they were allowing two people in at a time to see those they knew they were killing, and my 13-year-old half-sister was with her. My sister called me almost hysterical because the nurse came in to start removing my father from life support without telling anyone or at least speaking to me. My sister shut the door because she would not allow this to happen, and the nurse claimed my sister hurt her hand closing the door. The nurse called security on my sisters and they brought guard dogs to intimidate and threaten my sisters.
The nursing supervisor agreed to not remove my father from life support without my permission, and the family waited until the day after my son’s wedding to do so. It was also my oldest brother and my father’s first-born child’s birthday the same day they wanted to take him off life support.
We have no doubt in our mind that the protocols associated with Covid, namely, Remdesivir, caused my father to be murdered and there’s no other way to say it. I am happy to share my story. I am disgusted and heartbroken thinking about how helpless my father must have felt. He was a young-at-heart 76-year-old physically fit and active man. He was an Army veteran, a father of nine, a grandfather of 42 and great grandfather of 36. He was the most patriotic and loyal American you would ever meet. He raised us with kindness and respect.
We traveled the country as a family and experienced all of the beauty it had to offer. Our father taught us to love history and music and literature. He left a legacy of educated and contributing members in society. We are saddened every day that he is not part of our lives and our little sister needed him to help finish raising her. We don’t just mourn the loss of our father, we mourn the dignity and respect that was taken away from someone who still had a lot of living to do. Thank you for letting me share our story.
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