Woman Forced to Fight with Hospital to Keep Husband Alive

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  • 03/02/2023

A Minnesota woman has gone through hell and back fighting with doctors at a hospital where her husband was fighting for his life with COVID-19. 

Anne Quiner, whose husband was on a ventilator due to COVID-19 complications in November, was forced to fight with a doctor to keep her husband on the life-saving machine. 

“Unfortunately, if we could turn back time and he had gotten the vaccine, then he wouldn’t be here,” Dr. Linda Soucie at Mercy Hospital, said in a recorded phone call, per the Epoch Times. “After three years, I think we’ve gotten pretty good at determining who’s going to make it and who’s not, and unfortunately Scott’s in that range of the group that is not going to make it.” 

In another recorded call, doctors told Quiner that they would take Scott off the ventilator on January 13 because he would not recover due to what they said were “destroyed lungs from COVID pneumonia,” and that their attempts at decreasing sedation caused him pain. 

Quiner told the Epoch Times that her petitions for alternative treatments, as well as keeping her husband on the ventilator, were met with contempt. 

Quiner then sought legal counsel. Her attorney, Marjorie Holsten, filed a motion for a temporary restraining order that prevented the hospital from taking Scott off the ventilator. 

Mercy Hospital hired its own law firm that objected to the temporary restraining order, arguing Quiner’s position wasn’t “supported by medical science.” The hospital requested the court issue an order authorizing the hospital to essentially end Scott’s life. 

The judge, however, sided with Holsten, issuing the order based on the standard that irreparable harm would result if not issued. 

On January 15th, Scott was transferred to an undisclosed hospital in Texas, where Holsten said the doctors reported Scott to be malnourished and dehydrated. 

“One doctor said he didn’t know how Scott made it out of that hospital alive,” Quiner said. “He looked at his chart and said, ‘I can’t believe the heavy, sedating drugs they put him on.’”

Holsten said Scott is making significant progress at the new hospital. 

“Yesterday, Scott started following the doctor’s hands with his eyes, and now he’s blinking in response to questions,” Holsten said. “He was able to nod his head and move his legs for the nurse.” 

Stew Peters, a podcaster on The Stew Peters Show, shared Quiner’s story and attracted audience support that facilitated Scott’s release.

After sending the two recordings Quiner made of her conversations with her doctors to her patient advocate and Minnesota State Rep. Shane Mekeland, they both then contacted Peters who Quiner said called her “right away.”

“He told me, ‘If you don’t get social media involved and get this viral, they will kill your husband and you won’t have any say in it at all.’”

“That’s when Stew got me on his show and within moments the hospital got like 300,000 phone calls,” she continued. “They had to shut their phone lines down.”

Quiner said it was Peters and his audience that were responsible “for helping me save my husband’s life.”

“Without their taking action, Scott would have died,” Quiner said.

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