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AIDS Patient Sues Howard U. Hospital


Washington Post (03/10/89), P. B3

In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., a 31-year-old woman with AIDS says personnel at Howard University Hospital restrained her without medical reason, forced her to lie in her own excrement, and taunted her during a hospital stay last October. The lawsuit says that the hospital discriminated against the woman by providing "inferior and deficient treatment." The staff's fear of catching the disease was in large part responsible for the mistreatment, the lawsuit says. The woman's attorneys says "the pattern and practice of unlawful discrimination against AIDS patients" at the hospital continues. Hospital director Haynes Rice said the hospital "categorically denies" any discrimination or mistreatment of the woman, but he declined to respond to specific charges in the suit. The lawsuit is one of the first in the country "that will establish that hospitals cannot give substandard care to AIDS patients. We hope to send a message," said Ruth Eisenberg of the Whitman-Walker Clinic, which is representing the woman. The suit also alleges that the hospital withheld needed medical services from the woman, a former drug addict, because of her condition.


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