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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 04:17 AM

Stroke Victim Deported While Unconscious After Hospital Discovers He's Undocumented

Wladyslaw Haniszewski was at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Jersey when he suffered a stroke that left him comatose. However, when hospital staff learned he was an undocumented immigrant from Poland, the stroke victim was deported to his native country -- while unconscious.

According to The New York Daily News, Polish officials were furious when they received the 69-year-old Polish immigrant under the circumstances.

"Imagine being carted around like a sack of potatoes," Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka, Poland's consul general in New York, told the outlet.

Haniszewski, though undocumented and uninsured, had resided in the New Jersey town of Perth Amboy for the better part of 30 years. He was previously admitted to the New Brunswick hospital by a friend for symptoms relating to his blood disease before he suffered a stroke this month.

When Haniszewski finally awoke, he found himself at a hospital in Boleslawiec. Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital had deported the stroke victim to Poland without first obtaining his consent, Polish newspaper Nowy Dziennik reports.
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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/26/stroke-victim-deported-unconscious-poland-immigrant_n_3505321.html

This is wrong in so many ways I don't even know where to start.
I guess 'First Do No Harm' has been stricken.

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Reply Stroke Victim Deported While Unconscious After Hospital Discovers He's Undocumented (Original post)
Are_grits_groceries Jun 2013 OP
pacalo Jun 2013 #1
Live and Learn Jun 2013 #3
Demeter Jun 2013 #4
Live and Learn Jun 2013 #6
JimDandy Jun 2013 #2
drdtroit Jun 2013 #5
Blue Palasky Jun 2013 #7
Ford_Prefect Jun 2013 #8
NoMoreWarNow Jun 2013 #9
greymattermom Jun 2013 #10
lbrtbell Jun 2013 #11
alstephenson Jun 2013 #12
Tierra_y_Libertad Jun 2013 #13

Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 04:32 AM

1. I find it hard to understand that they wouldn't have regarded him as a human being above all else.

This is deplorable.

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Response to pacalo (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 05:43 AM

3. What, don't you realize that human rights only apply to US citizens?



I can't even believe the way we treat animals let alone people citizens or otherwise.

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Response to Live and Learn (Reply #3)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 06:17 AM

4. Since when do US citizens have human rights?

 

I recall these rights were forfeit to save us from another 9/11.

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Response to Demeter (Reply #4)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 06:26 AM

6. You are correct. I should have clarified it as "in the past, when we did have some rights." nt

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 04:38 AM

2. This is simply unconscionable. n/t

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 06:20 AM

5. I see these "healthcare" providers took the "hypocritical" oath! n/t

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 06:49 AM

7. $America!!!!

 

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 07:03 AM

8. One more sign of how "everything" has changed after Sept 11?

The incredible hostility directed at anyone who is perceived as "other" in any way now seems so common place it is remarkable only that it is still reported.

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 07:09 AM

9. Insane... I can't believe how badly this country is trashing its image

 

and this is such a mindless, soulless action on the part of the fucking hospital. They should be sued.

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 07:13 AM

10. hospitals are businesses

They see this as something like shoplifting or stealing, i.e. taking services without any ability to pay. In their mind it would be like a homeless person going to a 5 star restaurant, then ordering. Someone has to pay, and now states won't.

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 07:27 AM

11. That is so fucking sick - n/t

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 02:34 PM

12. The hospitals do this regularly in Arizona.

A Catholic hospital, St. Joseph's, is the most notorious for this type of thing.

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 02:36 PM

13. Protecting profit margins trumps common human decency every time.

 

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