Father Tony

Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami says they don't have to allow their patients visitors

Filed By Father Tony | April 26, 2009 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, gay rights, hospital visitation rights, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Lambda Legal

Lambda Legal has filed a lawsuit against Jackson Memorial Hospital, on behalf of Janice Langbehn and her three children.

Read this account of one family's experience at Jackson Memorial Hospital that has resulted in the formation of the Committee for Fair Visitation at Jackson Memorial Hospital

Janice Langbehn and Lisa Pond, together 18 years, were about to depart from Miami on a family cruise with their three children, when Lisa suddenly collapsed. From the moment Janice and the children arrived at Jackson Memorial Hospital, they encountered prejudice and apathy. The hospital refused to accept information from Janice regarding Lisa's medical history, informing her that she was in an antigay city and state and that she could expect to receive no information or acknowledgment as family. A doctor finally spoke with Janice, telling her that there was no chance of recovery. Despite the doctor's acknowledgment that no medical reason existed to prevent visitation -- and despite the fact that Janice held a durable healthcare power of attorney for Lisa -- hospital staff refused to allow Janice or the couple's children to see Lisa until nearly eight hours after their arrival.

Go to this page of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association for information about how you can take action.

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