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HCA Hospital Employees Put up Photographs of Dying Affected person in Florida

Whereas making an attempt to deal with his 18-year-old son’s demise, Jose Lopez was knowledgeable by HCA Florida Kendall Hospital that an emergency room employee had posted a photograph on social media of {the teenager} within the working room a number of weeks earlier than he handed away.

The hospital employee posted the unauthorized photograph of Lopez’s son on Instagram on Could 28 shortly after the younger man was airlifted to the emergency room for therapy of his accidents in a bike accident. The worker posted the photograph with emoji symbols and tagged a co-worker within the publish, Lopez says.

The daddy is now suing HCA Florida Kendall Hospital in Miami-Dade County courtroom on counts for medical privateness violations, negligence, and infliction of emotional misery.

“[The] public show of horrific photographs has brought on and can proceed to trigger immeasurable profound grief,” the lawsuit states. “The grotesque conduct is surprising to the conscience.”

Lopez’s son, Jose Lopez Canizares, was struck by a automobile in Kendall Lakes whereas driving his motorbike close to SW 137th Avenue and SW 56th Avenue. The automobile’s driver had allegedly run a crimson gentle.

The 18-year-old was airlifted to the hospital however by no means regained consciousness. He handed away June 22.

A hospital privateness official knowledgeable Lopez in regards to the social media publish the day his son was taken off life help, in response to the criticism. In an apology letter, the hospital acknowledged that the worker had impinged on Lopez’s son’s medical privateness. The letter famous that the posted image had been faraway from the worker’s social media and that the hospital was retraining its employees on affected person privateness issues.

“We now have addressed the state of affairs and are taking steps to stop such incidents from occurring sooner or later,” reads the letter, which is included within the courtroom file.

The hospital at first didn’t present Lopez with the photograph in query, which the lawsuit alleges “solely additional served to compound [Lopez’s] grief and stress.”

He ultimately acquired two photographs: the one referenced within the letter and one other image on a distinct hospital employee’s Instagram profile, which depicted his son being transported to the hospital by helicopter.

“HCA Florida Kendall Hospital facilitated the actions of the posting of those photographs on social media by both nonexistent or insufficient or inadequate coaching,” the lawsuit alleges.

The criticism provides: “Given the ‘viral nature’ of the web, it’s not recognized how lengthy the photographs had been displayed, and whether or not the photographs had been circulated or disseminated by different Instagram customers to their pages.”

The hospital didn’t return New Instances‘ request for remark.

This is not the primary time a Miami hospital worker has allegedly shared an unauthorized photograph of a affected person on social media. A neonatal intensive care nurse at Jackson Memorial Hospital was fired final 12 months after she was accused of posting a photograph of a child with a delivery defect on social media. The publish confirmed the newborn affected by gastroschisis, a medical situation the place the intestines are uncovered.



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