When a family doctor from North Carolina’s North Carolina General Hospital was performing surgery on an incisions on his daughter’s eye, he was met with a question from a patient.
“Do you have any painkillers?” she asked, according to a transcript of the conversation provided by a hospital spokesperson.
The father of three replied, “Well, if they are painkillers, I am fine.”
The man, a resident in North Carolina, told The Associated Press that his daughter had recently been prescribed a painkiller for her eye infection.
She has since been admitted to the hospital, where she was treated with antibiotics.
He said the hospital didn’t want to be responsible for the child’s health and he felt they should pay for the treatment.
“We need to get this child out of there,” he said.
“He had been taken off antibiotics and put on painkillers,” said his wife, Michelle.
“They said that’s the only way we are going to get the pain off of her.”
Michelle said her husband’s daughter had been admitted and was still under treatment.
She said the family has had to take her off antibiotics, which they have had to do for three weeks.
“This was a horrible decision,” she said.
“He was a good man.”
The couple, who said they don’t believe the doctors negligence was intentional, are suing the hospital for negligence and breach of contract.
They say the hospital did not give them any information about what treatments they might be prescribed and that they had no right to refuse them, since they were already on antibiotics.
The hospital said in a statement that the couple had a valid emergency order for the care of their daughter and that she was being evaluated for complications.
The doctor said he was stunned when he received the email.
“I’m very angry, I’m very frustrated, I feel violated,” he told The AP.
“This is a child’s life, and it’s her life.
We were supposed to treat her as if she had a problem, but it’s not the way that we did it.”
The mother, who asked not to be named because she fears retaliation from her daughter’s parents, said her daughter is an excellent student, but she was told she would be required to take painkillers after the procedure.
“It is a nightmare,” she told The New York Times.
“It’s a nightmare to have to go through it again.”