Don’t force us to preserve life of COVID victim

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Lawnwood Regional Medical Center has 10 days to amend a disturbing petition asking a judge to end life-prolonging measures for one of their nurses stricken with COVID-19 and send her to hospice over her mother’s objections. St. Lucie County Circuit Judge Laurie Buchanan dismissed Lawnwood’s initial request Wednesday, agreeing with John […]

Lawnwood Regional Medical Center has 10 days to amend a disturbing petition asking a judge to end life-prolonging measures for one of their nurses stricken with COVID-19 and send her to hospice over her mother’s objections.

St. Lucie County Circuit Judge Laurie Buchanan dismissed Lawnwood’s initial request Wednesday, agreeing with John Anastasio, attorney for Genea Bristol’s mother, Belinda Bristol, that the pleading was legally insufficient.

Bristol, 41, worked at Lawnwood’s physical rehabilitation center when she contracted COVID-19 and recovered without hospitalization in April 2020, and when the Vero Beach mother of three was diagnosed again Jan. 12.

“They are trying to kill the patient,” Stuart-based Anastasio said Wednesday, noting Genea Bristol risked her life going back into the “lion’s den” at Lawnwood after her first recovery. “She is one of their own. How can they do this?”

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