Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Kept From a Dying Partner’s Bedside

Karie Hamilton for The New York Times


When a loved one is in the hospital, you naturally want to be at the bedside. But what if the staff won’t allow it?

This was the unfortunate reality for Janice Langbehn and her three children [pictured, above], when her partner of 18 years, Lisa Pond, collapsed with an aneurysm during a Florida vacation and was taken to an emergency room. She died there, at age 39, as Janice tried in vain to persuade hospital officials to let her visit, along with their children.

According to The New York Times, "Despite repeated requests to see her partner, Ms. Langbehn says she was given just one five-minute visit, when a priest administered last rites. She says she continued to plead with a hospital worker that the children be allowed to see their mother, even showing the children’s birth certificates. "

Janice is fighting back, suing the hospital for it's discriminatory acts.

Be sure to read the harrowing story of Janice and her family's being denied from being at her dying partner's bedside - all because hospital staff refused to recognize their relationship as valid. Click here to see the look at Janice's family in The New York Times today.

1 comment:

GlasgowLesbian said...

I think it's disgrace that such a thing could happen, how very sad x