By ZEINAB NAJM
DEARBORN — The family of James White held a protest and rally to call for change at Beaumont Hospital-Dearborn, 18101 Oakwood Blvd., after their father was admitted as John Doe and no one was alerted about his admittance.
According to a post by White’s daughter, Paige White, the protest — Oct. 19 at Stout Middle School — was held because the family wanted answers regarding her father.
“What we want: answers; changes in the hospitals policy and system to help pair unidentified patients with their families; and police departments should have their policy on filing a missing persons report visible for public to see in the stations,” Paige White wrote on an Oct. 16 flyer.
White was on life support when the family was finally able to locate him at Beaumont and he died on Aug. 27.
The family claims that James White, 66, of Inkster was taken to the hospital after an Aug. 20 car crash on Dix and Monti in Lincoln Park where he suffered a stoke while driving causing the crash.
Paige White said she did not want to go to social media with her father’s story, but hadn’t received an answer from Beaumont so she posted details on Oct. 9.
She said that on Aug. 21, after no one was in contact with her father for almost 24 hours, the police were contacted and informed the family that he was in the crash. They also said James White was transported to Beaumont at 1:41 p.m. Aug. 20.
When the family called the hospital, they allegedly were told he was not there so they went to the police before deciding to go to the hospital and speak to administration.
The employees in the emergency department said White was not there, even when the family gave his information, showed pictures, provided the time he was brought in by ambulance and asked if he was listed as a John Doe.
“We begged and pleaded for them to show us footage to see if he came in at any point and wandered off, and not only did they show no remorse but were extremely rude,” Paige White wrote. “We had police call the hospital from three different cities and still no one would help us get to the bottom of this.
“Wednesday night we continued to call family, drive around, call more police stations, and hospitals, fearing my dad was harmed or hurt by someone. Every police station gave us the run-around and wouldn’t let us file a missing person (report), which was also a nightmare. In the meantime I’m still calling the hospital.”
On Aug. 22, the family again went to the police while a family friend went to the hospital.
“Fearing the worst at this point, other family joined the search and looked everywhere outside of the hospital and checking inside,” Paige White said.
The family then received a call from Henry Ford Hospital saying that Beaumont called them after finding James White’s dialysis card in his pocket and that he was at Beaumont. He suffers from chronic kidney disease.
In her post, Paige White said her dad was wearing his dialysis bracelet with personal contact information.
“The night my daddy passed the nurse gives me his belongings that has MULTIPLE forms and identification from business cards, retirement card, bank card, etc.,” she said. “Oh and a ticket from Lincoln Park Police Department for causing the accident because he was having a stroke.
“How could someone with multiple forms of ID end up a John Doe in the hospital? Did y’all see an older black man and because of his skin was his care/service not priority? Who dropped the ball?” she also wrote.
Allegedly, the monitor on James White’s head was so tight that there was a sore when it was removed, Paige White said in her post.
“Because of someone’s negligence, on top of dealing with the death of a parent, my siblings and I have to live with wondering if we made it to him on time would the outcome be different,” she wrote on Facebook. “Thanks to this hospital we were robbed of time to advocate for my dad when he was in his weakest hour. I will never forgive or forget that. We need answers and whoever dropped the ball needs to be held responsible.”
As of Oct. 15, Paige White provided an update that she was still waiting for answers from Beaumont on her father’s case.
A statement was released by Beaumont which said, “When any patient with life-threatening medical conditions comes to our emergency center, we deliver life-saving care immediately. After stabilizing the patient, we complete the registration process. The process to connect this patient with his family took longer than we desire, and we apologize for the stress this created. We are taking steps to prevent something like this from happening again.”
(Zeinab Najm can be reached at [email protected])