Dear Friends and Supporters,
I am currently in the process of updating this segment. Also, for more specifics about the incident please see my Petition letter.
Doctors & Staff at North Bay Hospital can't possibly believe that "our care" or this type of care in general, was or is still acceptable !
For, if they do, if what happened to myself and my wife/ partner in life, is truly deemed to be "the norm" at this and other such facilities, then there is no telling WHEN this will end ? The Public needs to know about these issues for thier own protection. Both myself and my wife who was also a victim are truly commited to the cause of Justice not only for ourselves but more importantly to prevent other patients from getting hurt or worse. Our sincere hope is that History does not ever repeat itself or "rear its ugly head" at this facility ever again. I also fear the possible existence of a "Sub culture" or way of doing things: Select staff at this facility who think that it is ok to assume ultimate authority and control over the general public and who violate the Public Trust in un told ways.
Perhaps better communication is needed or perhaps a solution may be rooted in some sort of Sensitivity Training for Doctors & Staff in order to underscore the importance and the necessity of treating patients who are in thier care with dignity, care, compassion and Respect. Nonetheless, those who as in our case have violated the Public Trust, should not have access to the Public in this manner ever again ! I am not at all happy to relay these feelings because I wish that this whole Saga had never taken place but unfortunately it has ... These folks have crossed the line when they made the decission to do what they did. To date we still suffer the effects of this abuse. As such, I feel that the term "Care givers" no longer applies to the select Doctor and Staff who participated in these unfortunate acts of depravity against us.
It is also important for me to assure as well as underscore to all parties that myself and my wife did nothing wrong. We did nothing that would warrant such inhumane treatement whatsoever.
On a basic level, "Standard Care" would have been far better than what we were made to endure. As you may know, Doctors take what is known as the "Hippocratic oath." Nurses take a similar oath which is termed the: "Nightingale Pledge." For the practice of medicine and patient care. To my dismay, It is my true belief that the incident which ocurred regarding my treatment and lack thereof that both of these oaths were violated.Thus, both myself and my wife, need to be made whole through legal remedy.
Myself and my wife, did not seek "Special Treatment" but only basic care that is to be expected and which is presumed to be afforded to All patients . Simply put, I had a reasonable expectation that collectively our basic human rights would be respected and our dignity would remain intact.
Furthermore: Race, Gender, Sexual preference and/or Sexual orientation should not have become a factor in the care I received and in the way in which my wife & partner in life was treated, disregarded, humiliated and ultimately assaulted by Hospital staff who made the decision to forcefully eject us from the facility despite my severe and newly inflicted injuries and particularly in light of the fact that: We were seeking treatment and were absolutely "Not a threat to anyone " at the Hospital. Nonetheless, it seems unusual that after I indicated to the newly arrived male Nurse that he was making me feel uncomfortable with his non compassionate approach to my care and I requested a replacement Nurse: From that point on I would be percieved as some sort of threat by Hospital staff. This began a chain of events leading to our forceful removal from the facility, verbal abuse and assault by a person who I now know to be member of the Hospital Securtiy detail.
( To be continued ... )
Stop brutallity against gay/ lesbian couples in Hospitals:
After a routine examination went terribly awry, causing injury to my person, myself and my wife were forcibly ejected from the facility. I then had to seek emergency treatment from another hospital entirely. During my sustained injury I feel as though I was preyed upon and attacked sexually, mentally, and physically. It seems that the entire incident at North Bay Hospital was a crime to scrutinize my wife and I by discrimination of our sexual orientation / sexual preference and deprivation of character. It was brutal, sexual orientation based, and a clear derogatory hate crime. The abuse was inflicted upon us through a deliberate mental & physical attack on our beings as well as personal character.
I went to the North Bay Hospital seeking help and was not only sexually assaulted and injured, but escorted out by two security guards working with an unknown unidentified male subject who harassed us for no reason at all. It seemed as if we were prey during a feeding frenzy of Raptors by the manner with which we were set upon and physically ejected from the facility. I first arrived at North Bay able to walk slowly with crippling abdominal pain and with no complaints of pain in my rectum whatsoever. After the Doctor's examination of me went painfully awry;The Doctor did not explain what in fact a rectal examination was nor did he offer an explanation towards the steps in which he needed to take in order to proceed with the rectal examination. As the Doctor approached me he without any warning whatsoever rammed his finger into my rectum in a shoving motion. The Doctor then forcefully removed his finger ripping it out of my rectum. The force would be so extreme the Doctors palm could be heard slamming into my pelvic/tailbone(coccyx). Upon the removal of his fingers the Doctor than stated by shouting " negative for blood!" He then removes his glove and in an aggressive manor throws it away and abrubtly exits the room. I was crying hysterically and was in severe acute agony and stated " the doctor hurt me," and yet despite her presence the female Nurse whom was at the end of her graveyard shift, still quietly exits my room. At this point, I was trying to gasp for air and proceeded to hyperventilate and cry with ammense pain and discomfort. My wife was repeatedly reminding me to breath. The Doctor nor the Nurse did not speak one word to me the entire time they were in my hospital room giving me the examination except for the Doctor dianoses on the negative blood findings. I left North Bay not being able to walk and bleeding profusely out of my rectum. The North Bay hospital’s personnel and staff refused to listen to my wife and I plea the spoken facts of my new and current injury. They refused to grant my request to have another Doctor or a nurse re-check my rectum that was then bleeding as a result . Not one of the hospital professionals or personnel At the North Bay emergency room tried to help my wife and I during and after my new sustained injury as well as my new condition of hyperventilating dangerously from acute emotional distress. The nurse did not ask the unidentified male to exit my room whatsoever. Furthermore, she insisted that he stay for her so called: "protection." The subject did not state who in fact he was or the reason why he was in my room against my wishes. The unidentified male along with two other security guards outside of the emergency room door watched my dress and refused to leave. He also treated my wife and I as if we were unruly and out of control but this was not the case.
My pain did not diminish nor subside resulting in myself having to seek proffesional care from another facility; whom would than diagnose the injury to my person as an severe tear to my rectum and/or an (Anal Fisssure) caused by the awry rectal examination given by North Bay Hospital's Professional/ Medical Doctor. My wife and I was made to endure and observe one another be assaulted, harassed, and placed under and extreme amount of duress. We are both very traumatized and we feel as though the events of this incident has lead to are enability to protect one another as legal partners, woman, civilians, and as a patient/visitor at the North Bay Hospital. Upon are exit I was wheeled away in a wheel chair by a female security guard as my wife was being provoked and antagonized by the unidentified male subject whom would continuely scream "Get out of my hospital!" The unidentified man stood at about 6'1 in height, he than assaults my wife by pushing her out of the North Bay Hospital's sliding doors in which she was already moving towards. My wife and I both stand at 5'2 in height. I being wheeled out of the sliding doors first watched helplessly as the unidentified male assaults my wife. I listen to my wife plea for the unidentified male to please give her personal space and that the treatment we were receiving was very unappropriate. At this point, I tried to stand to grab my wife away from the grasp of the unidentified male and this when he pushed me from my wheelchair, and pulled my wheelchair away enabling me to have any nessasry access towards help to my vehicle. The unidentified male did not have any concerns for my well being as a person and/or patient whom just left an emergency room and was administered all types of medications. In fact, the unidentified male then lost his composure as a professional and turn the assault into a personal attack. I was then walked to my vehicle being held on my left side by my wife and on my right by the female security guard. At one point to catching myself from falling I grabbed my wife around her waist and the unidentified male followed closely behind us and snatched my arm from around my wife's waist and proceeded to scream "Get out of my hospital!" I ask the female security guard if she can stay to protect us from him so she asked the unidentified male to fall back that she will make sure we make it to our vehicle. The unidentified man direspectfully declined the female security guard permission to safely walk us to our vehicle.The unidentified man follwed us to our vehicle and continued to harass us; also having a male security guard write down our vehicle license plate number for no apparent reason at all. Now, we are completely devastated. The damage inflicted by this trauma has been overwhelming. I do not want these people to cause harm to any other person and/or people as they did to my wife and I. I would like to stand up and fight for our rights. My privacy was violated. We were devoid of: Basic Human rights: Woman's rights, Citizens rights, Civil rights and Patients rights at the North Bay Hospital. Because of this, I now have many therapy appointments and along with my wife different therapists & rape counselors due to the mental and emotional damage caused by this incident. I have made several attempts to seek legal representation. I have yet to find a legal professional who will represent me or who will show compassion for our plight. I have supporting documentation and/or statements that coincide with these allegations that I am making on the above date. Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. If this letter does not apply to you I will please ask that you forward it to someone who can guide me in the direction: towards "Justice."
Jamika C. Rodriguez-Brown & Jasmine N. Rodriguez-Brown