An Orthodox Jewish patient in trouble can now have visits from her family members.
According to a reliable source, Mt. Sinai Hospital has changed its mind after first forbidding family members from visiting and even summoning the police, as well as preventing a planned transfer.
The source stated, “Mount Sinai has informed the family that visiting can resume with some restrictions. I appreciate your assistance with this.
The choice was made following an effective social media campaign pleading with the hospital to think again.
It is unclear whether the hospital’s choice was influenced by the campaign and the community’s outpouring of support.
Meyer Tauber, a family friend, stated earlier this week that the patient has cognitive impairment and is using a respirator.
She was alone, scared, and confused, and the hospital wouldn’t let any family members visit to provide her comfort and oversee her care.
“Just hung up the phone with a heartbroken and shocked family member who has a cognitively disabled parent at Mount Sinai Health System, and I’m in tears,” Mr. Tauber said in his blog post.
Since more than a week ago, the family of a mentally disabled patient at Mount Sinai Health System has been pleading with hospital administration to simply allow them to be by their parent’s bedside.
However, their requests have been ignored, and nothing has changed despite the straightforward instructions provided by the New York State Department of Health.
He continued that the family got so desperate that they set up a transfer to the Cleveland Clinic, but the facility “sabotaged” the plan.