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COVID-19 patient was black and paralyzed, so doctors decided his life wasn’t worth saving

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I guess this Black Life Didn't Matter too Much...

 

nypost.com

COVID-19 patient was black and paralyzed, so doctors decided his life wasn’t worth saving

By Charles Camosy

July 10, 2020 | 8:17pm

Texas quadriplegic Michael Hickson died of coronavirus at St. David's Medical Center of South Austin. Facebook

Last month, a disabled, 46-year-old African American man was euthanized without his consent or that of his wife. But rather than exploding amid our racial-justice moment, the story hardly yielded a peep from those who control our national discourse.

In 2017, Michael Hickson suffered a brain injury that left him paralyzed. Still, he was able to enjoy many activities: having books read to him, listening to music, answering trivia questions. He had memory problems, but he recalled his birthday and Social Security number with ease. Michael was leading the kind of life many people with disabilities do: not without difficulties but intrinsically valuable and dignified.

Then Michael contracted COVID-19 and was admitted to St. David’s Medical Center of South Austin, Texas. A disagreement over his care led to medical decision-making being taken away from his wife and given to the state and his medical team.

Michael didn’t do well and needed intensive care. His wife, Melissa, apparently did not trust his medical team and decided to (legally) record the exchange she had with her husband’s doctor.

As the recording shows, both agreed that Michael should not be intubated, but Melissa still wanted Michael to be treated aggressively. The doctor insisted aggressive treatment wouldn’t “help him improve” and “right now, his quality of life . . . he doesn’t have much of one.”

Melissa was taken aback: “What do you mean?” she asked. “Because he’s paralyzed with a brain injury, he doesn’t have quality of life?”

“Correct,” the doctor flatly replied.

Pressed further by Melissa, who admirably kept her cool, the doctor admitted he’d had three patients survive who were in Michael’s situation but claimed her husband’s case “doesn’t fit those three.”

Michael’s “quality of life is different from theirs,” she was told. The others “were walking and talking people.”

Melissa tried to respond, but the doctor had had enough. “I don’t mean to be frank or abrasive, but at this point, we are going to do what we feel is best for him along with the state, and this is what we decided.”

Melissa did get in one last shot by telling him that this was a decision to kill her husband. And she had good reason to think so: Giving her husband food, water, oxygen and medicine would have not been burdensome treatment. And Michael may have beaten the odds.

The hospital had plenty of space for him. The issue, the doctor made clear, was Michael’s disability. The state and the hospital decided that they shouldn’t try to save someone with his disabilities.

After pro-life journalists broke the story on June 26, the National Council on Disability publicly called on the federal Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services to investigate the hospital for violating Michael’s civil rights.

“When a medical facility makes a decision to deny medical care to a person with a disability that is based on, or influenced by, biased views about life with a disability, it runs afoul of federal civil rights laws,” the group said.

Yet when The Washington Post, a paper otherwise all-in on outing structural racism, picked up the story, it framed Melissa’s claims skeptically and credulously accepted the hospital’s word that “it wasn’t possible to save” Michael and none of its decisions was made on the basis of his disability.

Sorry, but the recording was clear: An ­institution with power over Michael’s very life had deemed it a life unworthy of life.

The Rest Here:https://nypost.com/2020/07/10/doctors-didnt-try-to-save-black-covid-19-patient-who-was-paralyzed/amp/

 

 

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12 minutes ago, kestrel said:

I guess this Black Life Didn't Matter too Much...

 

nypost.com

COVID-19 patient was black and paralyzed, so doctors decided his life wasn’t worth saving

By Charles Camosy

July 10, 2020 | 8:17pm

Texas quadriplegic Michael Hickson died of coronavirus at St. David's Medical Center of South Austin. Facebook

Last month, a disabled, 46-year-old African American man was euthanized without his consent or that of his wife. But rather than exploding amid our racial-justice moment, the story hardly yielded a peep from those who control our national discourse.

In 2017, Michael Hickson suffered a brain injury that left him paralyzed. Still, he was able to enjoy many activities: having books read to him, listening to music, answering trivia questions. He had memory problems, but he recalled his birthday and Social Security number with ease. Michael was leading the kind of life many people with disabilities do: not without difficulties but intrinsically valuable and dignified.

Then Michael contracted COVID-19 and was admitted to St. David’s Medical Center of South Austin, Texas. A disagreement over his care led to medical decision-making being taken away from his wife and given to the state and his medical team.

Michael didn’t do well and needed intensive care. His wife, Melissa, apparently did not trust his medical team and decided to (legally) record the exchange she had with her husband’s doctor.

As the recording shows, both agreed that Michael should not be intubated, but Melissa still wanted Michael to be treated aggressively. The doctor insisted aggressive treatment wouldn’t “help him improve” and “right now, his quality of life . . . he doesn’t have much of one.”

Melissa was taken aback: “What do you mean?” she asked. “Because he’s paralyzed with a brain injury, he doesn’t have quality of life?”

“Correct,” the doctor flatly replied.

Pressed further by Melissa, who admirably kept her cool, the doctor admitted he’d had three patients survive who were in Michael’s situation but claimed her husband’s case “doesn’t fit those three.”

Michael’s “quality of life is different from theirs,” she was told. The others “were walking and talking people.”

Melissa tried to respond, but the doctor had had enough. “I don’t mean to be frank or abrasive, but at this point, we are going to do what we feel is best for him along with the state, and this is what we decided.”

Melissa did get in one last shot by telling him that this was a decision to kill her husband. And she had good reason to think so: Giving her husband food, water, oxygen and medicine would have not been burdensome treatment. And Michael may have beaten the odds.

The hospital had plenty of space for him. The issue, the doctor made clear, was Michael’s disability. The state and the hospital decided that they shouldn’t try to save someone with his disabilities.

After pro-life journalists broke the story on June 26, the National Council on Disability publicly called on the federal Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services to investigate the hospital for violating Michael’s civil rights.

“When a medical facility makes a decision to deny medical care to a person with a disability that is based on, or influenced by, biased views about life with a disability, it runs afoul of federal civil rights laws,” the group said.

Yet when The Washington Post, a paper otherwise all-in on outing structural racism, picked up the story, it framed Melissa’s claims skeptically and credulously accepted the hospital’s word that “it wasn’t possible to save” Michael and none of its decisions was made on the basis of his disability.

Sorry, but the recording was clear: An ­institution with power over Michael’s very life had deemed it a life unworthy of life.

The Rest Here:https://nypost.com/2020/07/10/doctors-didnt-try-to-save-black-covid-19-patient-who-was-paralyzed/amp/

 

 

Lesson here lib's this is what you sign up for with Obamacare and all the rest of socialism. This crap will happen and you won't have a say in it either.

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Sad but true folks.

I couldn't get any attorney interested in suing my mother's doctors and hospitals for her wrongful death because of their outright willful negligence and mistakes that had horribly killed her before her cancer did. I did not want any money, I wanted justice for her wrongful death and to force her doctors to stop killing others with their gross wanton negligence. Her chemo was recklessly given twice with no monitoring of her white blood cell counts/tests at all afterwards, none. No white blood cell production enhancers were ever prescribed at all. Her white blood cells were all destroyed and she died from very painful neutropenic sepsis. Her cancer BTW was very likely a result of contaminated prescription blood pressure meds (which contained NDMA) and also talcum powder which contained asbestos. A double cancer whammy. My father's heartburn meds also contained NDMA and likely caused his terminal cancer death.

All of the attorneys told me that because she was terminal and old that her life wasn't worth anything, that it was not worth fighting for for the low amount of money that any punitive damages would have brought. Tomorrow will mark the 5th anniversary of her death.

So, the hospital and doctors got to keep right on killing and murdering for profit as a result. Hundreds more dead and they are still getting paid the big bucks for it.

 

Easy come. Easy go. Sucks to be you?

CHA-CHING! $$$$$

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1 minute ago, Taggart Transcontinental said:

Lesson here lib's this is what you sign up for with Obamacare and all the rest of socialism. This crap will happen and you won't have a say in it either.

Unfortunately the Leftists aren't fazed by this at all...from their actions and proclamations about abortion and such, One could conclude that they want dead Black  babies and this article includes the old or infirm...In other words these Black Lives DON'T Matter..Now if some cash could be raised?..They'd be all in!

Kestrel...

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Wow - that is messed up.  My sister almost died giving birth due to the Dr. making a series of terrible mistakes with some medicine they began giving her.  Multiple times my family suggested to the Dr. that the new medicine they put her on - the one that upon giving to her started all of her problems - should be discontinued.  He wouldn't hear of any of it.

My family/her husband was able to finally  got her transferred overnight to a different hospital where immediately all of her issues cleared up. The staff at the new hospital said it was EXACTLY the medicine that idiot gave her that almost killed her. My dad paid the Dr. a visit the next day and had to be escorted out of the hospital in front of all of his patients in the waiting room.

 

 

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7 minutes ago, Taggart Transcontinental said:

Lesson here lib's this is what you sign up for with Obamacare and all the rest of socialism. This crap will happen and you won't have a say in it either.

"Look, the first thing for all of us to understand that is we actually have some -- some choices to make about how we want to deal with our own end-of-life care...we as a culture and as a society [can start] to make better decisions within our own families and for ourselves...at least we can let doctors know and your mom know that, you know what? Maybe this isn't going to help. Maybe you're better off not having the surgery, but taking the painkiller." - Barry Obama

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5 minutes ago, Rock N' Roll Right Winger said:

Sad but true folks.

I couldn't get any attorney interested in suing my mother's doctors and hospitals for her wrongful death because of their outright willful negligence and mistakes that had horribly killed her before her cancer did. I did not want any money, I wanted justice for her wrongful death and to force her doctors to stop killing others with their gross wanton negligence. Her chemo was recklessly given twice with no monitoring of her white blood cell counts/tests at all afterwards, none. No white blood cell production enhancers were ever prescribed at all. Her white blood cells were all destroyed and she died from very painful neutropenic sepsis. Her cancer BTW was very likely a result of contaminated prescription blood pressure meds (which contained NDMA) and also talcum powder which contained asbestos. A double cancer whammy. My father's heartburn meds also contained NDMA and likely caused his terminal cancer death.

All of the attorneys told me that because she was terminal and old that her life wasn't worth anything, that it was not worth fighting for for the low amount of money that any punitive damages would have brought.

So, the hospital and doctors got to keep right on killing and murdering for profit as a result.

 

Easy come. Easy go. Sucks to be you?

CHA-CHING! $$$$$

Sorry for your loss RRRW...anytime you end up in the medical system its a crap shoot..Doctors kill 250K or more a year by mistake...and we should fear Covid-19?

Kestrel...

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42 minutes ago, Junto said:

Wow - that is messed up.  My sister almost died giving birth due to the Dr. making a series of terrible mistakes with some medicine they began giving her.  Multiple times my family suggested to the Dr. that the new medicine they put her on - the one that upon giving to her started all of her problems - should be discontinued.  He wouldn't hear of any of it.

My family/her husband was able to finally  got her transferred overnight to a different hospital where immediately all of her issues cleared up. The staff at the new hospital said it was EXACTLY the medicine that idiot gave her that almost killed her. My dad paid the Dr. a visit the next day and had to be escorted out of the hospital in front of all of his patients in the waiting room.

 

 

We couldn't transfer mom out because her insurance had outright refused to pay for it or for any other place that we would have taken her to. We were threatened by the hospital on criminal charges if were were to try to have her moved out. In other words they gave her an outright death sentence over money and to cover up their crimes.

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10 minutes ago, kestrel said:

Sorry for your loss RRRW...anytime you end up in the medical system its a crap shoot..Doctors kill 250K or more a year by mistake...and we should fear Covid-19?

Kestrel...

Actually the stats show that they kill over 440,000+ every year in just this country alone.

The vast majority of people are completely unaware/oblivious to this happening everywhere.

And if you dare to defy the doctors, they can have you strapped down to the bed and kill you (which almost happened to my grandfather until I went off on the staff and made them untie him and stop drugging him almost to the point of death just because they had no patience with him) and have your family arrested for trying to get you moved out. It happens all of the time. It's the worst when people are alone in the hospital and have no one no family or friends to visit, stay and look out for them.

Some I have met at the hospitals have hired "medical or patient advocates" to come visit them in the hospital a couple times per day or more and look out for them, to make sure that they are receiving the proper mistake free treatment and not being neglected/injured or possibly killed.

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7 minutes ago, Rock N' Roll Right Winger said:

We couldn't transfer mom out because er insurance had outright refused to pay for it or for any other place that we would have taken her to. We were threatened by the hospital on criminal charges if were were to try to have her moved out. In other words they gave her an outright death sentence over money and to cover up their crimes.

 

6 minutes ago, Rock N' Roll Right Winger said:

Actually the stats show that they kill over 440,000+ every year in just this country alone.

The vast majority of people are completely unaware/oblivious to this happening everywhere.

And if you dare to defy the doctors, they can have you strapped down to the bed and kill you and have your family arrested for trying to get you moved out. It happens all of the time. It's the worst when people are alone in the hospital and have no one no family or friends to visit, stay and look out for them.

Some I have met at the hospitals have hired "medical advocates" to look out for them, to make sure that they are receiving proper mistake free treatment and not being neglected/injured or killed.

That's messed up, and I cannot imagine the feeling of helplessness in that situation.  

 

My grandfather was killed by the hospital staff in the late 90s when they accidentally gave him the wrong medicine. Died in the hospital in his sleep while being monitored.  For some reason my grandmother refused to sue, even though my mom and all her brothers insisted on it.  The hospital's lawyers hounded her for months not believing her every time she said she wasn't looking for a payout or damages.  Finally one of the family members talked to them and said 'Look, we want to sue, but she refuses to - so quit bothering her before she changes her mind'.  And they left it at that.

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29 minutes ago, Junto said:

 

That's messed up, and I cannot imagine the feeling of helplessness in that situation.  

 

My grandfather was killed by the hospital staff in the late 90s when they accidentally gave him the wrong medicine. Died in the hospital in his sleep while being monitored.  For some reason my grandmother refused to sue, even though my mom and all her brothers insisted on it.  The hospital's lawyers hounded her for months not believing her every time she said she wasn't looking for a payout or damages.  Finally one of the family members talked to them and said 'Look, we want to sue, but she refuses to - so quit bothering her before she changes her mind'.  And they left it at that.

It took every bit of my being to resist physically doing anything to these criminals.

It was like sitting back and watching her drown and being painfully and slowly eaten alive by sharks.

I was there until she drew her last breath.

Again, this crap happens more often than most will ever know.

 

I have had several family members that were killed by the hospitals here. They all walked in on their own power one week and were carried out the next, died from their treatments.

One very memorable one was my aunt who was given the wrong meds in her IV that made her brain dead after she was about to go home the next day after being taken off of a ventillator. They had IVs running on her full blast in an attempt to flush out and hide the evidence of the drug before she had died. Many in my family work in the medical field and we know the games that are played. We all saw this after they had called us in but we were already on the way well before they had called us and before they got to clean up their mistake/crime scene. Again, her life was not worth enough money to get any attorney interested in suing. The lawyers only like going after easy low hanging fruit.

 

To the powers that be, we are all considered as "fast food". Not worth any money that it would take to do the right thing. Just STFU, die, pay the bills and send in the next victim.

 

So I can totally relate to what happened to your grandfather and your family.

I know how much that it hurts, to be forced with living every day after witnessing/experiencing such injustices occurring again and again to loved ones and not being able/allowed to stop it.

 

My father was killed by his doctors in a similar fashion. His doctors and a large drug store chain's lawyers all hounded my mother for several months after his death in fear of being sued because we had told them about their big mistake in his meds that had stopped his breathing several times in his sleep. My mother wanted it all dropped as she wanted the long nightmare to end. Yet those bastards kept bringing it back up again and again. She did not care about money either. The crooks also got away with their crimes on that as well as a result.

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He wasn’t shot by a cop, so his life didn’t matter 

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Eugenics can happen at any time

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7 hours ago, Howsithangin said:

He wasn’t shot by a cop, so his life didn’t matter 

A white cop.

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20 minutes ago, Rock N' Roll Right Winger said:

A white cop.

good point

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17 hours ago, Rock N' Roll Right Winger said:

Sad but true folks.

I couldn't get any attorney interested in suing my mother's doctors and hospitals for her wrongful death because of their outright willful negligence and mistakes that had horribly killed her before her cancer did. I did not want any money, I wanted justice for her wrongful death and to force her doctors to stop killing others with their gross wanton negligence. Her chemo was recklessly given twice with no monitoring of her white blood cell counts/tests at all afterwards, none. No white blood cell production enhancers were ever prescribed at all. Her white blood cells were all destroyed and she died from very painful neutropenic sepsis. Her cancer BTW was very likely a result of contaminated prescription blood pressure meds (which contained NDMA) and also talcum powder which contained asbestos. A double cancer whammy. My father's heartburn meds also contained NDMA and likely caused his terminal cancer death.

All of the attorneys told me that because she was terminal and old that her life wasn't worth anything, that it was not worth fighting for for the low amount of money that any punitive damages would have brought. Tomorrow will mark the 5th anniversary of her death.

So, the hospital and doctors got to keep right on killing and murdering for profit as a result. Hundreds more dead and they are still getting paid the big bucks for it.

 

Easy come. Easy go. Sucks to be you?

CHA-CHING! $$$$$

Sorry about your mom.

My mother had been given a blood thinner intravenously even though she was already on coumadin (another blood thinner) before her surgery. She developed a brain bleed and never woke up.  We were told it would be difficult to prove negligence.

 

I read the Washington Post version of  Mr. Hickson's case. It seems to be disagreement even from family members over whether his case was medically futile.  Ultimately though I thought the spouse was the one to make that call. How is it that his wife lost guardianship over his care? 

Mr. Hicksons case nothing to do with protests over police shootings.

 

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12 minutes ago, Ladybird said:

Sorry about your mom.

My mother had been given a blood thinner intravenously even though she was already on coumadin (another blood thinner) before her surgery. She developed a brain bleed and never woke up.  We were told it would be difficult to prove negligence.

 

I read the Washington Post version of  Mr. Hickson's case. It seems to be disagreement even from family members over whether his case was medically futile.  Ultimately though I thought the spouse was the one to make that call. How is it that his wife lost guardianship over his care? 

Mr. Hicksons case nothing to do with protests over police shootings.

 

One of my co-worker's mother had a fainting spell so they took her from the nursing home to the hospital. They gave her a shot of heparin even though her records showed that she was allergic to it. She started bleeding under her skin all over her body. She looked like she was burned all over like a lobster. She died as a direct result. Another who walked in and was carried out and her life was considered not worth enough money for any attorney to go after/sue the hospital.

Sorry about your mother. 

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58 minutes ago, Ladybird said:

Sorry about your mom.

My mother had been given a blood thinner intravenously even though she was already on coumadin (another blood thinner) before her surgery. She developed a brain bleed and never woke up.  We were told it would be difficult to prove negligence.

 

I read the Washington Post version of  Mr. Hickson's case. It seems to be disagreement even from family members over whether his case was medically futile.  Ultimately though I thought the spouse was the one to make that call. How is it that his wife lost guardianship over his care? 

Mr. Hicksons case nothing to do with protests over police shootings.

 

    Often(usually) we find ourselves arguing and at opposite ends of something.  Either way, that's awful, neither yours or any family should have to go through that.  If you where here I'd give ya' a big hug, then it would be back to arguing as we always do.   :hug:

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18 hours ago, Rock N' Roll Right Winger said:

It took every bit of my being to resist physically doing anything to these criminals.

It was like sitting back and watching her drown and being painfully and slowly eaten alive by sharks.

I was there until she drew her last breath.

Again, this crap happens more often than most will ever know.

 

I have had several family members that were killed by the hospitals here. They all walked in on their own power one week and were carried out the next, died from their treatments.

One very memorable one was my aunt who was given the wrong meds in her IV that made her brain dead after she was about to go home the next day after being taken off of a ventillator. They had IVs running on her full blast in an attempt to flush out and hide the evidence of the drug before she had died. Many in my family work in the medical field and we know the games that are played. We all saw this after they had called us in but we were already on the way well before they had called us and before they got to clean up their mistake/crime scene. Again, her life was not worth enough money to get any attorney interested in suing. The lawyers only like going after easy low hanging fruit.

 

To the powers that be, we are all considered as "fast food". Not worth any money that it would take to do the right thing. Just STFU, die, pay the bills and send in the next victim.

 

So I can totally relate to what happened to your grandfather and your family.

I know how much that it hurts, to be forced with living every day after witnessing/experiencing such injustices occurring again and again to loved ones and not being able/allowed to stop it.

 

My father was killed by his doctors in a similar fashion. His doctors and a large drug store chain's lawyers all hounded my mother for several months after his death in fear of being sued because we had told them about their big mistake in his meds that had stopped his breathing several times in his sleep. My mother wanted it all dropped as she wanted the long nightmare to end. Yet those bastards kept bringing it back up again and again. She did not care about money either. The crooks also got away with their crimes on that as well as a result.

  Good God man, no ONE deserves what you and yours have been through.  It's crazy in a way.  I am upset and suspicious that no attempt was even made to try and re attach my thumb, but, what you have been through...  no comparison what so ever.  In a way I need to thank you for putting things into perspective. 

 

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Black lives apparently only matter if you’re shot by the police, not killed by a doctor.

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