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Esteemed medical center accused of kidnapping patient

When you're admitted to a hospital, there are probably many concerns running through your mind. You may be worried about your diagnosis, whether your condition is treatable and how much your stay is going to cost you. One fear that would probably never cross your mind is the possibility that the hospital would hold you hostage. However, a recent case has brought this phenomenon of "medical kidnapping" to light.

Alyssa was an 18-year-old high school student. On Christmas, she suffered a burst blood vessel in her brain. Her parents rushed her to the esteemed Mayo Clinic for treatment. Doctors told Alyssa she had a 2 percent chance of survival. They performed emergency neurosurgery on her, which saved her life. This is where things took a turn for the worse.

Following surgery, medical staff transferred Alyssa to the rehabilitation unit for recovery. While in rehab, Alyssa's parents were extremely unhappy with the quality of care she was receiving. Alyssa underwent four surgeries in the span of a month, and staff wanted to take her off of oxycodone--a drug which is recommended for patients recovering from surgery--just a few days afterwards. This decision left Alyssa in agonizing pain. Her parents also claimed that Alyssa's breathing tube was the wrong size, and that staff failed to notice that she had a bladder infection.

When her mother complained about her daughter's treatment, staff responded by banning her from visiting Alyssa. At this point, she reached a breaking point. She requested that Alyssa be transferred to another hospital for treatment--but Mayo refused. She even hired a lawyer to submit a formal request for expedited transfer, which Mayo disregarded. Unbeknownst to Alyssa or her parents, a Mayo social worker was in the process of trying to convince a court to remove Alyssa's parents as her legal guardians.

Before this information came to light, however, Alyssa and her parents had hatched an escape plan. While leaving the hospital under the pretext of visiting her grandmother, a nurse tried to grab Alyssa and prevent her from leaving. Her father fended off the woman, and Alyssa made it out. Hospital staff then called 9-1-1, claiming there had been a "patient abduction." The police dismissed this claim after learning that Alyssa was a legal adult who had willingly left the premises.

This story is a reminder that medical malpractice can take many forms. If you have been mistreated by a medical professional, it's critical to enlist the help of an attorney who can effectively advocate for your rights.

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