Hope continues for Grady Dialysis Patients after Emergency Injunction Denied
“The only option I have is to go to the emergency room at Grady every time I feel sick…it’s like having a death sentence”. Grady Dialysis Patient
On Thursday, February 4th, the Georgia Supreme Court denied a motion for an emergency injunction prohibiting Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation from seeking to terminate the dialysis care currently being provided to approximately 50 undocumented immigrant patients by Fresenius Medical Services under a contract with Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation. The patients’ attorney, Lindsay Jones, filed the emergency motion on February 3rd, a date that Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation had previously set as a deadline for cutting off the patients’ life sustaining dialysis treatments. Grady recently back away from that deadline, setting a new deadline of February 12th for the patients to individually meet with Grady social services representatives so they can be assessed on their efforts in seeking long term solutions. “The patients have worked and continue to work tirelessly to identify long term solutions for their dialysis care,” says
We are now hoping to work with DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson who announced his intention to call a second forum”, says Leone-Glasser. In response to the Supreme Court’s decision to deny the patients’ motion, the patients’ attorney Lindsay Jones, stated, “We asked the Supreme Court to step in under emergency circumstances to ensure the status quo until the patients’ pending appeal before the Court seeking to reverse the superior court’s dismissal of the patients’ lawsuit, could be heard and fully considered.” “I can only speculate as to why the Supreme Court denied our motion – I assume the Court was not convinced that the patients are facing an immediate threat to their lives so as to warrant the extraordinary relief we requested,” says Jones.
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