Was the Tragic Death of This Young Mother A Result of Bad Hospital Policy?

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That is exactly what many patient advocates claim. Mrs. Hendel Lezer A”H, 33, was admitted to Maimonides Hospital, after suffering difficulty breathing as a result of Covid 19.

As a cancer survivor, she was particularly vulnerable, and took extra precautions. However, she still contracted the virus. After failing to maintain a sufficient saturated oxygen level, she was admitted to the hospital, where she gave birth to a tiny baby boy.

As her condition continued to deteriorate, the family and medical advocates started searching for any possible treatment that would help her recover. After consulting  with top doctors in New York and the Mayo Clinic it was determined that being that she was not producing antibodies on her own she needed to get an infusion of HIG or convalescent plasma.

Hendel’s family and doctor immediately appealed to the hospital to treat her with Convalescent plasma therapy by infusing her with plasma extracted out of blood donated by people who’ve recovered from the Coronavirus and developed antibodies, to help her body combat the virus.

The Hospital vehemently objected to the pleas of family, friends, and advocates, citing protocol. Their protocol would only allow a patient who contracted covid less than a week ago to receive the treatment. The decision was was not up to Hendel’s doctors who knew her medical history best but the final decision stopped at Dr. Robert Press. Shockingly, Dr. Press stubbornly refused calls to discuss this specific case with top experts in the country and time was running out. Hendel’s condition was deteriorating. There was no budging. A call from the Mayor’s office to Ken Gibbs, Maimonides CEO, urging all possible treatments be given, went nowhere. All pleas fell on deaf ears.

Transferring was not an option.

Tefillos intensified and then we were left heartbroken.

Whether the Convalescent Plasma treatment would have saved her life or not is a matter up for discussion, but one thing is certain, ego definitely got in the way.

A family has been left devastated!

This young mother of five, the youngest only a few days old in the Nicu, who served as a devoted preschool principal, and was adored and admired by all, has been tragically torn away from her loved ones.

A tiny little baby will never get the chance to feel genuine motherly love.

Five children will never again feel the warm hug of their beloved mommy.

A young man – a tremendous talmid chochom and ben torah, has been left to raise his five little heartbroken children on his own.

The astronomical amount of money it will take, to ensure that the physical and emotional wellbeing of these poor children are dealt with in a proper manner, is way more than what this distraught father can handle.

Therefore, an emergency campaign has been launched, to raise the necessary funds to save this family from having to suffer insult in addition to their devastating injury, by enduring financial collapse.

Please dig deep into your hearts and souls, and contribute generously and graciously to this emergency campaign, so that these children should at least have their basic necessities taken care of.

No, there is nothing we can do to bring their mommy back, but we can make their rough journey ahead a bit smoother.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Lets stand together and make sure there is a real change! We must support this poor family and do everything possible to ensure this is not repeated chv!

  2. Hashem will bring justice.
    This tragic story should wake people up to the emes – there is a hidden agenda when possibly life-saving cures, whether they be hydroxy or convalescent plasma, are denied to patients.
    Take your heads out of the sand and start thinking about things. Don’t accept as the emes everything you read about the coronavirus – whether it be about the statistics, the deaths, the vaccine. Do your own research to find the emes.
    May Hashem bring a nechama to this family, and may Moshiach come very soon – and may the emes be revealed and the sheker crushed.

  3. Hashem will bring justice.
    This tragic story should wake people up to the emes – there is a hidden agenda when possibly life-saving cures, whether they be hydroxy or convalescent plasma, are denied to patients.
    Take your heads out of the sand and start thinking about things. Don’t accept as the emes everything you read about the coronavirus – whether it be about the statistics, the deaths, the vaccine. Do your own research to find the emes.
    May Hashem bring a nechama to this family, and may Moshiach come very soon – and may the emes be revealed and the sheker crushed.
    Hashem will bring justice.

  4. There’s good reason that many Gedoei Yisroel added Hashem Yikom Damo (HY”D) after names of those who died in hospitals since Purim.

  5. Sad part is that maimo is notorious for pulling such shtick and yet we act surprised when it happens. Again. Every single time. As if the bimonthly flattery means they really changed their attitude. Tbh they need us more than we need them. The bags of plasma these wretched diplomats were sitting on were likely mostly from our own community, from people who would’ve swam the ocean to get this treatment to her. But they can do what they please because they have us right where they want us. The good news is we don’t need them as much as they need us. Just like our urgent care has stepped up to partially replace the nearly useless emergency room in maimo, ditto the brave men of hatzolah who played a more active role in treating covid patients at home instead of dumping them under the maimo rug, we shouldn’t be throwing out plasma like idiots to people who can’t be trusted to provide for us and cherish our values of life. Hbt can be done outpatient in an urgent care or even better at home. Covid patients are neglected in hospitals despite the boldfaced trash they tell you. Even today. They will do with the patient whatever they please. True that many nurses are kindhearted and in the business to help, but not all of them are. Please please don’t be like yehuda who felt good about saving yosef halfway.

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