The social isolation of hospitalized patients is among the most cruel aspects of COVID-19 hysteria.
Those who became ill were separated from their loved ones and forced to die alone.
Friends & families banned from visitation had to communicate through a mobile device.
And patients who passed away died without the touch and warmth of those they love most.
It’s a sickening aspect of COVID-19 that’s still going on today.
There’s a possibility you’ll need to scratch & crawl to see your loved one if they’re admitted into the hospital.
In the case of Jayden Arbelaez, climb a roof and sneak to a hospital room window.
That’s the lengths Arbelaez went to for one last visit with her mother.
With the help of construction workers, Arbelaez managed to see her mother one last time through the window.
Jayden Arbelaez, 17, had to climb onto a roof with the help of construction workers to see her mom, who was dying of COVID-19.https://t.co/ahpTSmKpnF
— Tampa Bay Times (@TB_Times) October 13, 2021
Banned from the room where her mother lay dying, Jayden Arbelaez pitched an idea to construction employees working nearby. The workers helped her climb onto a section of roof so she could look through the window and see her mother alive one last time. https://t.co/VP8UjDTFm1
— WISH-TV (@WISH_TV) October 13, 2021
"… I looked up and there were construction workers,” Jayden Arbelaez, 15, said. “I told them the situation. I said, ‘My mom was going to die. Is there any way that I can get to that window?"
— Florida Times-Union (@jaxdotcom) September 5, 2021
Tampa Bay Times shared this:
Banned from the Florida hospital room where her mother lay dying of COVID-19, Jayden Arbelaez pitched an idea to construction employees working nearby.
“Is there any way that I could get there?” Arbelaez asked them, pointing to a small third-story window of the hospital in Jacksonville.
The workers gave the 17-year-old a yellow vest, boots, a helmet and a ladder to climb onto a section of roof so she could look through the window and see her mother, Michelle Arbelaez, alive one last time.
Jacksonville.com also reported:
“I don’t think any disease or transmissible disease should keep loved ones away when they’re in those critical stages. I don’t think that is that is right,” Mitch Arbelaez said.
He is grateful for every moment with his wife, Michelle.
“Thirty years, seven months, four days and an hour and forty minutes. She was my bride,” Mitch said.
On Aug. 8, 15 days after she walked into Ascension St. Vincent’s Southside Hospital with COVID, she died. Michelle Arbelaez was 53.
“Michelle was just a gem of a person. She just had the quality of that quiet, powerful force that she would make people feel heard. I asked her to marry the moment I met her,” Mitch Arbelaez said.
They shared their lives, had four children and traveled the world together as missionaries. But in the end, Michelle Arbelaez died with no family by her side due to hospital protocol.
“It’s just heartbreaking really to not be able to have our whole family there in her last moments,” Alyssa Arbelaez, Michelle’s 15-year-old daughter said.
“Wednesday the 4th we got a call she had crashed. We drove to the hospital right away,” Jayden, Michelle’s 17-year-old daughter, explained. “They put us in protective gear, a face shield, mask, and we were allowed to be in there until they closed it off.”
The day before Michelle passed away, Mitch was allotted two hours with his wife. It was his birthday. He says he was the only one allowed in her room at that time. Jayden waited outside the hospital for about an hour.
“Then I looked up and there were construction workers,” Jayden said. “I told them the situation. I said, ‘My mom was going to die. Is there any way that I can get to that window?’”
It’s pure evil what these hospital protocols put the Arbelaez family through.
Nobody should be denied the dignity of seeing their loved ones in their most vulnerable moment of life.
This restricted access to dying relatives is among the most inhumane aspects of COVID-19.
Hospital executives and government bureaucrats robbed average citizens of their humanity.
It must stop!
Telegraph Herald discussed families who want more visitation rights:
Some families of COVID-19 patients — and doctors — are asking hospitals to rethink that strategy, arguing that it denies people the right to be with loved ones at a crucial time.
“We need to get people thinking about that risk-benefit equation,” said Dr. Lauren Van Scoy, a pulmonary and critical care physician at Penn State Health who has researched the effects of limited visits on the relatives of COVID-19 patients. “The risk of getting COVID versus the risk of what we know these families are going through, the psychological and emotional harm.”
Van Scoy said many of the family members she has interviewed have shown signs of post-traumatic stress disorder. In newspaper op-ed pieces, doctors have shared conversations with patients who declined or postponed crucial treatments because of the visiting restrictions.
And studies conducted before the pandemic have shown that older patients in intensive care units that restricted visits developed delirium at higher rates than those in units with more flexibility.
Van Scoy agrees it made sense at the beginning of the pandemic to restrict visits because protective equipment and COVID-19 tests were in short supply and there weren’t any vaccines. But now, testing and vaccinations have vastly expanded, and doctors say screening mechanisms and personal protective equipment can keep the virus at bay.
Nonetheless, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still recommends against in-person visits for infected patients.