- The family of a Hispanic man who was disconnected from a respirator requested an independent autopsy.
- The family of the Mexican immigrant wants to determine if there was medical negligence.
- “It is a murder because he was still alive,” said the Hispanic man’s son.
The relatives of a 43-year-old Mexican immigrant who died in a California hospital, a center with which they had a legal dispute to avoid the man from being disconnected from an artificial respirator, are now asking for an independent autopsy to determine if there was medical negligence, they told Eph.
The family of Andrés Banda, who was hospitalized in intensive care at the Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC), in California, filed a request last March before a judge to prevent the hospital from disconnecting the Hispanic man from the artificial respirator that kept him alive.
Andrés Banda’s family wants justice
Last Tuesday, the family lost the legal battle and the medical center proceeded to disconnect Banda, who had been hospitalized last January for causes related to COVID-19, to later be placed in intensive care due to a picture of pneumonia and other complications.
The Hispanic died within hours of being disconnected Tuesday night. Andrés Banda Jr., son of the hospitalized patient, explained to Efe that they are requesting an independent autopsy to establish “the true causes of death.” “The doctors asked us to say goodbye to him and let him go, because he was going to die in that hospital bed,” Andrés Banda Jr. commented in an interview for local media, according to The viewer.
The hospital did not want to collaborate with the family
On March 3, the hospital had scheduled to disconnect the Hispanic from the artificial respirator after declaring that he was brain dead, as they informed the family, but the wife and children noticed several reactions that they had captured on video and from that day began a legal battle that they ended up losing.
“The same day they were going to disconnect it, I told my mother, ‘Look, he just moved his hands!'” He told Efe Banda Jr. last March. Banda’s relatives allege that the hospital did not want to collaborate with them.
The death of Andrés Banda “is a murder”
Andrés Banda’s family held a vigil in honor of the Mexican after months of fighting to avoid the recommendation of the hospital where he was hospitalized for coronavirus. “It’s murder because he was still alive,” the Hispanic’s son told Univision34 after his father was disconnected from the artificial respirator.
“They gave us no other option,” said Dalia Banda, Andrés’ wife, to the medium reviewed. The woman assured that during the last meeting with the specialist doctors she told them that “she was not giving permission” to disconnect her husband to which the doctors responded: “We are not asking for permission, we are going to do it.”
“They do not know the damage they have done to us”
“We fought a lot all familyWe fight in vain, they do not know the damage they have done to us, ”said between Dalia. Andrés Banda’s family created a GoFundMe fundraising account to cover the expenses of the legal process they intend to begin.
“Like all academic medical centers, Loma Linda University Medical Center weighs all options to preserve the life of the patient. A multi-disciplinary ethics committee offers assistance in addressing ethical issues in patient care and facilitates sound decision-making that respects the values, concerns, and interests of participants. When it is the best for the patient, all possible therapies, care techniques and treatments are used before stopping the treatment, ”said the hospital in relation to the case.
Hispanics, the most affected by the pandemic
Efe has tried to contact a spokesman for the medical center, without obtaining a response so far. LLUMC is the teaching hospital of Loma Linda University, a private Adventist facility, and is the only academic hospital in the entire Inland Empire area, which comprises part of Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
Latinos make up the population most affected by the pandemic in California with 55.8% of infections and 46.5% of deaths related to contagion.
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