• Adult Medical Kidnapping in New York: 1950s Air Force Veteran Held Hostage in Hospital

    Laredo Regular just wants to take his grandfather home, but a New York Hospital is keeping him hostage. Have we entered into a new age of "elder abuse" that includes medical kidnapping? Not happy with the medical treatment his grandfather was receiving, Laredo and his mom sought to transfer him to a different facility. They are the holder of a Health Proxy as well as POA (power of attorney) for their family member, and filled out the required forms for an AMA (or Against Medical Advice) hospital discharge. But the hospital would not discharge him, and later both Laredo and his mother were dragged out of the hospital room and banned from the hospital. The Laredo family has sought help through various legal entities—the police, attorneys, and the political system; all of whom, we are told, are in complete agreement with the family, but have not been able to get the hospital to budge from its decision to hold the grandfather against their will. How can a hospital have so much power to defy police, attorneys, and the political system?

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  • Adult Medical Kidnapping in New York: 1950s Air Force Veteran Held Hostage in Hospital

    If this "Hospital" treated the family badly and left bruises, then they are also treating the elderly bad. It is so wrong to grab an arm. Persuasion, love unfeigned, tenderness and gentleness are more appropriate. One beautiful, spry resident of the facility where I worked won my heart. She had been in a horrible marriage. She had dementia. We treated her with love, kindness, protection and patience. Just as she was warming up to us, her abusive husband went to a court and got custody of her again. Last I heard, he was treating her inhumanely again. How can abusers get their way? Julius
  • Adult Medical Kidnapping in New York: 1950s Air Force Veteran Held Hostage in Hospital

    In 1972 the American Medical Association (AHA) adopted the Patient's Bill of Rights. In 2003 it was revised and renamed: "The Patient Care Partnership". (Also, in 1980 the Mental Health Patient's Bill of Rights and the Pregnant Patient's Bill of Rights were adopted into law.) Likewise, the Joint Commission (TJC) has developed a statement on the rights of patients. This is the organization that accredits health care facilities and monitors them. The Patient-Self-Determination Act of 1990 regulates institutions
  • Adult Medical Kidnapping in New York: 1950s Air Force Veteran Held Hostage in Hospital

    Sounds like the hospital is running drug trials on him...very lucrative...should be illegal. I would definitely report fraud and show medicaid as much evidence as possible. Could the VA help?
  • Adult Medical Kidnapping in New York: 1950s Air Force Veteran Held Hostage in Hospital

    I agree you should picket and hurt the hospital's bottom line.
  • Adult Medical Kidnapping in New York: 1950s Air Force Veteran Held Hostage in Hospital

    They should silently protest out front with signs of his military picture with caption "medical hostage xx Days!!!", people will think twice before entering willingly and the hospital may be more willing to fix a publicity problem. One thing I have learned in life is that you cannot use standard reason with a person or group who does not value human life.
  • Adult Medical Kidnapping in New York: 1950s Air Force Veteran Held Hostage in Hospital

    Is there a petition somewhere?
  • Adult Medical Kidnapping in New York: 1950s Air Force Veteran Held Hostage in Hospital

    Contact Social Security, about abuse. Your Health Department, Senator, Congressman, etc. You have Medical Bill of Rights. The News Channel, etc. If a Veteran, DAV, ANVETS, VEG, AMERICAN LEGIONS. Good Luck, and God Bless You All. A Minister.
  • Adult Medical Kidnapping in New York: 1950s Air Force Veteran Held Hostage in Hospital

    I wonder what will happen when they tell the hospital that it won't get paid for anything done after the first attempt to remove him, and call Medicare to report Medicare Fraud.