US Man Told Of Impending Death In "Robotic" Way Via Video Link

Maricruz Casares
Marcha 10, 2019

A robot then rolled in and a doctor appeared on the video screen. That came into Cathies Fathers ICU room late Monday night and told him he has no Lungs left only option is comfort care, remove the mask helping him breathe and put him on a Moraphine drip til he dies.

Granddaughter Annalisia Wilharm was alone with 78-year-old Mr Quintana when a nurse at Kaiser Permanente Medical Centre emergency department in Fremont, California, popped in to say a doctor would be making his rounds. "I'm freaking out inside, I'm trying not to cry - I'm trying not to scream because it's just me and him".

Ms Wilharm said that the heartbreaking news that her grandfather was dying hurt even more delivered through a machine.

"So he's saying that maybe your next step is going to hospice at home", Ms Wilharm is heard saying in a video she recorded of the visit.

Mr Quintana died the next day.

The Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, where Quintana was being treated, responded in a statement carried by U.S. media in which it offered condolences to the family but disputed the characterization that the news was delivered by "robot".

External Link Facebook: Julianne Spangler - Please share this. "This secure video technology is a live conversation with a physician using tele-video technology, and always with a nurse or other physician in the room", Kaiser Permanente said.

"The evening video tele-visit was a follow-up to earlier physician visits", Ms Gaskill-Hames said in a written response.

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"I think the technological advances in medicine have been wonderful, but the line of "where" and "when" need to be black and white", she said.

"It did not replace previous conversations with patient and family members and was not used in the delivery of the initial diagnosis".

The video meetings were warm and intimate, he said, adding that not all in-person discussions have empathy and compassion.

"The next thing I know he's telling him, "I got these MRI results back and there's no lungs left, there's nothing to work with".

Ms Wilharm said her grandfather, a family man who kept every childhood drawing he ever gave her, deserved better.

A family friend wrote on social media that it was "not the way to show value and compassion to a patient".

She later said it was "an extremely frustrating situation", and "an atrocity of how care and technology are colliding".

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