Parents are outraged because they say they’re being restricted from accompanying their sick children to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Wednesday because first lady Michelle Obama is visiting – and security measures prohibit both parents from escorting the little patients to medical appointments.
A woman named Angie Rouse Green posted the following message to Facebook Tuesday:
“RANT: I am LIVID!!!!!! I just got a phone call from a St Jude mom whose son is battling a brain tumor. … Tomorrow, this little boy has his MRI. The results come after. His mom was told that she cannot bring her husband with her to get the MRI results!
“Why you ask?? Well, because the first lady and her entourage will be in the hospital tomorrow for, I assume, a photo shoot and Secret Service has pretty much shut down to bare necessity our hospital. Only one person allowed per patient, no social media in hospital, no photos in hospital, cars will be towed in garage, more than one person with patient will be turned away at the gate by Secret Service!”
She added, “People, this is a children’s cancer hospital! Now a mother may have to receive possible horrible MRI results alone without the child’s father! Really?! Someone needs to think about the children before their care is compromised for the sake of publicity!”
St. Jude, a hospital that specializes in treating childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases, announced Michelle Obama’s Wednesday visit with patients and their families.
“She will then take a tour of the hospital,” the website stated. “The first lady will hear stories from families like the Vickie and Chelsea Clark. Vickie and her 13-year-old daughter came to St. Jude after Chelsea was diagnosed with a rare cancer in 2012 and relapsed this summer.”
Sally Coley Leger wrote, “It’s a really sorry day when they kick parents out so this lady can come. A child could die today without his/her parents around because the first lady doesn’t want both parents/family with their loved ones. If you can’t come and let things be normal, then do those babies an even bigger favor and stay home!”
A woman who uses the Twitter handle “Heterosexual Woman” tweeted, “Oh you no idea how mad these patients’ families are! Some have sign[s] saying GO HOME SO MY CHILD GETS TREATMENT TODAY.”
WND contacted St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to ask about the facility’s policy and security measures put in place for the first lady’s visit.
Written by CHELSEA SCHILLING
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