An unvaccinated COVID-19 patient who was being kept alive on a ventilator has been transferred from Minnesota to Texas after his wife obtained a restraining order barring his doctors from turning his machine off, according to reports.
Scott Quiner, 55, of Buffalo, Minn., was admitted to Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids on Oct. 31 and scheduled to have his ventilator shut off Jan. 13 after he suffered lung failure.
The father of three was unvaccinated when he was diagnosed with the coronavirus around Halloween, Fox 9 reported, citing his family and their lawyer.
Quiner was placed under deep sedation and hooked up to a ventilator when his oxygen levels dropped dangerously low, according to the news outlet.
His wife, Anne Quiner, sought the restraining order from Anoka County court to keep him on the vent after she claimed that Allina Health, which operates Mercy Hospital, threatened to pull the plug on her husband’s breathing machine, allegedly believing there was no more hope for him.
Scott Quiner is unvaccinated and was diagnosed with COVID-19 around Halloween.GW Transportation
Without a judge’s decision, “my husband will die,” she wrote in her petition, the Star Tribune reported.
“I have advised the doctors that I vehemently disagree with this action and do not want my husband’s ventilator turned off,” Anne Quiner said, according to court papers cited by the paper.
Anne, who was appointed by her husband to make health care decisions on his behalf, received the restraining order from Judge Jennifer Stanfield, who set a hearing for Feb. 11.
Scott was flown to a Texas hospital over the weekend, his family’s lawyer, Marjorie Holsten, told the Star Tribune. The Texas hospital was reportedly willing to continue to provide the family with the level of care it wanted.
Scott’s family has raised tens of thousands of dollars for his care through a couple of online fundraisers in recent days.
“Scott is now in a hospital in Texas getting critical care,” Holsten told the paper.
Scott Quiner was placed under deep sedation and hooked up to a ventilator when his oxygen levels dropped dangerously low.Facebook/Lara Davis-Hicks
“The doctor said Scott was the most undernourished patient he has ever seen. The last update I got was yesterday afternoon after some tests had been run. All organs are working except his lungs,” she added.
By Sunday evening, Scott was said to be improving on a ventilator while being weaned from heavy sedatives, according to Fox 9.
“I think the world is watching what is going on with Scott,” Holsten told the news outlet. “And as he gets better and better, we are going to see that, you know what, there are protocols that should be used that hospitals have not been using. And I am hoping that changes are going to be made as a result of this case.”
The hospital threatened to pull the plug on Scott Quiner’s ventilator, allegedly claiming there was no more hope for him.Family Handout
In a statement, Allina Health said it was “grateful the family was able to find a health care facility that meets their needs and we continue to wish them all the best.”
The company said it could not address the allegations of malnourishment, due to privacy laws.
“Allina Health has great confidence in the exceptional care provided to our patients, which is administered according to evidence-based practices by our talented and compassionate medical teams,” it told the Star Tribune.
Scott Quiner’s family has raised tens of thousands of dollars for his care through online fundraisers.Family Handout