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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Fuck Texas!

Take one 20 year old young woman, amputate her legs below the knee and put her on a Greyhound bus to California 48 hours after surgery. If that’s not outrageous enough, embellish that story with the fact that she was paralyzed below the waist and in the « care » of a State  of Texas nursing home since a car accident at the age of fifteen.
For those of you unfamiliar with the geography of the U.S, that's a bus trip that takes the better part of three days. ( Wearing only hospital scrubs and with no money for food.) can you tell I’m mad?
Celinda arrived in California about ten days ago and came to my attention in the back seat of her parents’ car, on the street in front of my business, in San Jose, Ca. They have been living in the car since they moved here from Texas after Hurricane Harvey took their home and business. The shelter they were previously in is foul and dangerous and they had taken to the car as a better option. They had no resources to provide wound care, catheters, or pain medication for their daughter.
Celinda already had infected bed sores from the negligent care she received at the nursing home, for the past five years. Infections spread to the bones at the amputation sites. After the second night in the car, her parents called emergency services and she was hospitalized, although the ambulance EMT did not want to touch a « dirty » homeless person and made the parents load Celinda onto the gurney themselves, she made it into the compassionate and competant care of a local hospital.
I will continue this story when I get back to my computer and can post photos and more details.

13 comments:

  1. What on earth is happening to permit this brutality?

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    1. Fly, I didn't believe it at first but it's true. I do have to say many good people are trying to make up for this. She's now getting excellent care.

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    2. Thank goodness for the good people...but what about the brutes responsible for this situation?
      Horsewhipping too good for them.

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  2. That’s awful. The poor girl. I hope she gets the care she needs soon.

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  3. Grey Horse, She's now getting great care. She's been on IV antibiotics, had several blood transfusions. She's looking much better.

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  4. Mind boggles ... The various bus drivers just accepted this as normal? Presumably fellow passengers shared their food and got her something to drink at 'comfort stops' but she shouldn't have had to rely on charity.
    No country's social care system is perfect but this is beyond appalling.

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  5. That is beyond awful. A miracle the poor girl has survived thus far.

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  6. S&S, no change of clothes, for a girl relying on catheters and adult diapers and no wound care supplies, pain meds or antibiotics.
    Frances, It is. They're now planning another surgery to replace the colostomy bag with another system and they're still trying to get her pressure sores on her back to heal. Those resulted from lousy care at the nursing home she was in before the hospital.

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  7. This just beggars belief. I can't find anything to say about this that properly expresses my incredulity over an act so cruel. Your kindness must have seemed miraculous to her and her parents.

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