MANHATTAN (VINnews) — The relatives of an Orthodox Jewish patient in distress are now being allowed to visit her. A highly credible source has informed VINnews that Mt. Sinai Hospital has reversed course, after refusing to allow the relatives to visit, and even calling the police, in addition to blocking a planned transfer.
The source said, “Mount Sinai just notified the family that they can resume visitation with certain limitations. Thanks for your help with this.”
The decision comes after a widespread social media campaign, urging the hospital to reconsider. In addition, VINnews published the horrific story earlier this week. It is not clear if the campaign and outpouring of support by the community impacted the hospital’s decision.
Earlier this week, Meyer Tauber, a friend of the family, posted that the patient is cognitively impaired and on a respirator. She was confused, frightened, and alone, yet the hospital refused to allow any relatives in to comfort her and monitor her care.
Mr. Tauber posted, “Just hung up the phone with a distraught and horrified family member who has a cognitively impaired parent at Mount Sinai Health System, I’m in tears. The family of the cognitively impaired patient at Mount Sinai Health System have been pleading with the hospital leadership…for over a week to allow them to simply be at their parents bedside….Their pleas, though, have fallen on deaf ears, and despite the clear guidelines issued by the New York State Department of Health, they were denied bedside access.”
He went on to say that the family became so desperate, they arranged a transfer to the Cleveland Clinic, yet the hospital “sabotaged” the effort.