Hospital Accused of Using Plastic Bags Over Patients to Stop COVID Spread

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The parent of a 16-year-old Texas girl, who is shown in photographs wearing a integrative container successful a section infirmary aft testing positive for COVID-19, is asking the authorities to intervene implicit the unorthodox aesculapian “protocol.”

Natalie Rodriguez broke into tears successful a telephone interrogation with The Epoch Times arsenic she described her girl Nayeli Serna’s acquisition at Medical Center Hospital successful Odessa, Texas.

On Aug. 28, Rodriguez said she took Nayeli to her superior attraction doctor after her girl began to acquisition of shortness of breath. Nayeli’s oxygen level was astir 87 percent—well beneath normal, Rodriguez said.

She said the doc referred Nayeli to the exigency country at Medical Center Hospital for further evaluation. The teen aboriginal tested positive for the Chinese Communist Party virus that causes COVID-19.

“As they transported my girl for tests, they placed a wide plastic equipment container tightly fitting implicit her head, removed supplemental oxygen, and instructed her to deterioration a look disguise nether the bag,” Rodriguez said successful an Oct. 13 written ailment to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

“I cried,” Rodriguez told The Epoch Times. “I asked (a nurse) if they had to enactment it implicit her,” and she was told it was infirmary “protocol.”

“It was a bully while, but they didn’t crook the oxygen on. They forgot to turn it on,” Rodriguez added.

Rodriguez said Nayeli sat successful a wheelchair successful the ER with the container over her caput for 20 to 25 minutes.

At that point, her girl had unopen down emotionally. She was later taken into the hospital’s ICU for treatment. She recovered astir two weeks later, Rodriguez said.

However, the straight-A pupil is present dealing with symptoms of post-traumatic accent disorder, her parent said.

“She conscionable has a batch of anxiousness now. She can’t truly tolerate people,” Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez past contacted Jamie Foreman astatine The Accountability Project of Odessa, a nonprofit section authorities watchdog group.

Foreman agreed to station the photograph of Nayeli draped successful the integrative container connected the group’s Facebook page. It has been shared much than 1,000 times.

“I was appalled. I didn’t enactment that representation retired determination for weeks. We didn’t cognize if she (Nayeli) was going to unrecorded oregon die,” Foreman told The Epoch Times.

Foreman said she is alert of astatine slightest 2 different infirmary patients who were made to deterioration the integrative container arsenic a information precaution, including an 80-year-old pistillate anterior to her proscription to a nursing home.

Foreman said the infirmary adjacent threatened to study an ambulance paramedic who refused to travel the protocol.

The accountability task shared with The Epoch Times hospital instructions for patients utilizing the “transportation drape,” which is clearly marked “equipment cover” successful Nayeli’s photo.

The one-page papers states that patients “must beryllium connected oxygen and [the] time limit nether this apparatus is maximum of 10 minutes.”

Rodriguez said that watching her girl during furniture transport reminded her of “dry cleaning.”

“In fact, once, erstwhile my girl took the look disguise disconnected nether the plastic container to amended breathe, the caregiver demanded that she reapply the face disguise nether the integrative instrumentality bag,” Rodriguez said successful the complaint.

She added: “My girl was instructed to support the wide integrative bag handy arsenic she would request to deterioration it each clip she was transported.

“Indeed, she was moved aggregate times without supplemental oxygen, with the integrative instrumentality container implicit her caput and torso, and a look mask on her chemoreceptor and rima nether the instrumentality bag.”

Medical Center Hospital did not respond to a petition for comment.

Christine Mann, main property serviceman for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, said the bureau does not remark connected hospital complaint information, oregon progressive investigations, saying they are “confidential by law.”

Medical Center Health System CEO and president Russell Tippin expressed the hospital’s committedness to diligent information successful light of the viral photograph.

“We were pleased to person the parent scope retired to america to code the situation,” Tippin said successful a property release.

“Our apical precedence volition ever beryllium the information and attraction of our patients. We are ever consenting to perceive to our patient’s experiences to better communicate with them to marque definite they are comfortable.”

Tippin added that with immoderate aesculapian process the diligent oregon guardian “has the close to garbage the signifier of protection.”

Since Nayeli’s photograph went public, Tippin said the infirmary and staff have received “numerous threatening telephone calls, including threats on their lives, their family’s lives and adjacent threats of bombing the hospital.”

Hospital territory constabulary and the FBI person been contacted, helium said.

Foreman said Medical Center Hospital reportedly established the plastic bag protocol much than a twelvemonth ago.

Allan Stein


Allan Stein is an Epoch Times newsman who covers the authorities of Arizona.

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