JUDGE has ruled that a hospital cannot turn off a ventilator used to keep a Covid-19 patient alive.
Scott Quiner was originally a patient at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, Minnesota before being transferred to another facility in Texas over the weekend.
The move comes after a judge ordered the stoppage Mercy Hospital from removing Quiner from his ventilator.
“Scott is currently at the hospital in Texas Majorie Holsten, an attorney for the Quiner family, said.
“The doctor said Scott was the most malnourished patient he had ever seen. The last update I received was yesterday afternoon after some tests were run; all the organs are working except his lungs”.
A statement released by Allina Health, the company that operates Mercy Hospital, said it was grateful the family was able to find a healthcare facility to meet their needs.
“We continue to wish them all the best,” read the statement.
Mercy Hospital announced last week that they would be shutting down their ventilators after Quiner, Who hasn’t been vaccinated?, has shown little sign of improvement since his arrival in the intensive care unit on November 6.
Quiner’s case attracted a lot of attention and his wife, Anne, went to court to apply for an emergency restraining order to prevent the hospital from pulling the plug.
In her court filing, Anne wrote that without the judge’s decision, “my husband would die.”
“This is a life saver,” says Holsten. “It will be very important.”
The family has said publicly that the hospital will not treat Quiner with certain drugs, nor will they try other measures to save his life.
Judge Jennifer Stanfield of Anoka County ruled in favor of Anne Quiner and a hearing will be held virtually on February 11.
After Quiner was transferred to Texas, he appeared to have begun to improve while still on a ventilator and given extra nutrients.
“I think the world is watching what’s going on with Scott,” Holsten said. “And as he gets better and better, we’ll see that you know what, there are procedures that should be used that hospitals haven’t been using.”
Holsten said she hopes that changes will be made as a result of the incident.
Vaccine efficacy & Omicron
Expert studies have shown that the risk of severe illness from Covid-19 is reduced by 90% or more in fully vaccinated people.
While there have been breakthrough cases of Covid in vaccinated people, they are rare.
In the event of a breakthrough case, it is highly unlikely that the victim will be hospitalized with severe symptoms or die from the virus.
Health officials have recommended that the Omicron variant is more infectious and could lead to further breakout cases.
However, the spread could be offset by all vaccinated Americans getting a booster shot.
Current vaccines are expected to protect against severe illness, hospitalization, and death from infection with the Omicron variant.
With other variants, like Delta, the vaccine is still effective in preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death.
Studies have also shown that side effects from vaccines are extremely rare.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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