All Arlena Willes wants is to be reunited with her son, Jonathon.
Willes claims she has been banned from the hospital and stripped the right to make medical decisions for her child after fighting for a second opinion.
“They said you have to leave right now and I couldn’t even hug my son, I couldn’t hug my son before I left,” Willes said.
Kasandra Bujold, a nurse and former employee of the Phoenix Children’s hospital calls this, Medical Kidnapping.
“The hospital basically takes away all of the parent’s rights and says ‘your child is ours to do what we want with, because you didn’t agree with us,” Bujold said.
At least two other families share similar stories about the Phoenix Children’s hospital.
Patrick Hansen, father of three, shares his exierince with the Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
“My kids were taken six months ago, do to Medical Kidnapping,” Hansen said. “It’s just out of control.”
The Phoenix Children’s hospital refused to give an on-camera interview, but they did send an email with their statement.
“The concern that families experience regarding a family member’s complex health needs is understandable. There are situations where the Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS) determines it is in the best interest of the patient to be under the custody of DCS and refers the patient to Phoenix Children’s Hospital for medical care,” said Erica Sturward, Phoenix Children’s Media officer.
While Willes has one tearful message for parents.
“Never take one moment, one hug, one I love you, for granted,” Willes said.
This wouldn’t be the first time a hospital has been accused of separating sick children from their parents.
CNN reported on a similar story about a teenager medically kidnaped in a Mayo clinic in Texas last summer. She was able to escape with the help of her parents.
Receiving blood during a medical emergency can be the difference between life and death and the red cross says that they are down to a five-day supply, which is dangerously low.
Melissa Garza, mother of six wouldn’t be here today without the generosity of a stranger.
“I had just given birth to my third child,” said Garza, “and I had lost a lot of blood, at the time.
She described the frightening memory. “The doctor got close to my face and he said, ‘if you don’t get blood, if you get paper cut, you could bleed to death, you could die. ‘”
When Garza needed it the most, the doctors weren't sure if they had any blood in her type.
“i started to panic a little,” said Garza. “I was like, ok, oh my gosh, how can there not be any blood?"
This is a problem many can face soon as a shortage sweeps the nation.
Kendra Waddell, red cross employee said, “every drive that I’ve returned to has seemed to be less and less.”
The Red Cross is asking organizations and companies to step up. Veer cross fit gym did just that lending their space for donations."
Richard Janke, a blood donor said, “yeah, I’m here for the low shortage, for sure."
Repeat donors like Janke sustain the blood supply.
"As far as I know, I give fifty-pints of blood,” said Janke.
And donating might not be as hard as one might think.
JoAnn Niklaus, blood donor said, "It is worth it, it's, it's lifesaving. It's giving somebody else a chance, to survive.
And it is worth it, and Garza is living proof.
"Whoever it was, literally saved my life, really saved it, enough for me to see my son's life,” said Garza.
According to the Red Cross every two seconds in the united states someone needs blood. But luckily for every one donation, three people's lives can be saved.
The Salvation Army's Thanksgiving.
“This is probably the best experience that a person could have in their life,” said Michael Andrews, a volunteer Thanksgiving coordinator for The Salvation Army.
Desserts whipped, meals served all a part of an annual tradition.
“This is something where it’s an opportunity to give, and get more in return, here, then you do in your pocket,” said Andrews.
Folks from all over come to the Phoenix Convention Center as The Salvation Army hosts their annual Thanksgiving dinner.
“We serve guests like any other great restaurant,” Andrews said. “Guests are more joyous, guests are our equals, guests are people that we invite into our homes, and that’s what we do out here.”
And they provide so much more than just a hot meal.
“I have 35-hair stylists and a half a dozen manicurists, take care of you and all you have to do is walk in and say, can you do this for me, and they do it,” Andrews said. “I’ve got a large screen television because if you were at home, you might be watching the parade or a football game, well, that’s what they’re doing.”
But for Steven Rains, it’s about so much more.
“People caring, about other people,” said Rains, a guest at the Salvation Army Thanksgiving meal.
“The tag line for The Salvation Army is ‘Doing the most good.’ Well, this is an opportunity to do the most good for the community, for the city of Phoenix, the Valley, and for the people we serve,” said Andrews. “I couldn’t ask for more.”
Leaving at least guest feeling.
“Very thankful,” Rains said.
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