I am not a visitor. I am ESSENTIAL.

I am not a visitor. I am ESSENTIAL.

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Kris Horlacher started this petition to President Donald Trump and

My 92 yr old father was hospitalized for treatment of a simple fracture at the Dayton, Ohio VA on Oct. 18, 2020. His prognosis was excellent. Because of the zero visitor policy, my father has been denied the therapeutic presence of a family member. This contributed to his rapid decline once admitted. He quickly became hopeless, depressed and fearful. He stopped eating. Soon after he became disoriented and developed pneumonia. Medical research shows us the hopelessness, confusion and fear has weakened my father's immune system. The denial of the therapeutic presence of family has contributed to all of these complications. We are told my father's prognosis is now grave.

We are told that because of COVID the risks are too great to allow family to be present. This argument is not reasonable.There are risks to every treatment my father is receiving. Antibiotics, therapy, isolation, bedrest, contact with hospital staff etc. all come with risks. But, these are all accepted because the benefits outweigh the risks. The presence of family should also be accepted because the benefits far outweigh the risks.This is supported by medical research and beyond dispute.

Countless veterans, elderly and the sickest among us who are hospitalized or in long term care have  been denied their rights to family since March 2020. Countless have died as a result.Unless this cruel and negligent practice is stopped, thousands more will die.

I am not a visitor.

I am essential.

 

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