A Florida man wants President Trump next to him while he undergoes kidney dialysis...in cardboard form.
59-year old Nelson Gibson says he brought a life-size cut-out of the president into Fresenius Kidney Care in Port St. Lucie on a Saturday, but when he tried a second time...
"The social worker told me that I was not allowed to bring it in because there were a lot of complaints and this is not a Trump rally."
The man says the lengthy treatments are emotionally draining, so brings items from home for comfort. He credits the president for doing so much for kidney patients like himself.
Fresenius has offered to pay a staffer to sit with the man instead, but his son, Eric Gibson, says that contradicts their claims.
"They say that it's not political, but that statement in and of itself justifies the fact that I believe that it is."
The facility, in a statement, voices concerns about safety hazards and infection control issues.
A spokesman tells us there are infection control and visitation policies in place, but none specifically for this case involving life-size photos.
The facility says they're working hard to bring Gibson back in for treatment and deny that they are in any way politically motivated, citing the fact that the patient was allowed to bring in smaller Trump-related items for a year.
Statement of Dr. Robert Kossmann, Chief Medical Officer for Fresenius Medical Care North America:
“Our first priority is the health and safety of all our patients, and dialysis provides life-sustaining treatment that is essential to their wellbeing. Without regular dialysis to remove excess toxins, a patient with kidney failure will have a life-threatening buildup of waste products and fluids. We actively work with patients to try to accommodate their schedules to ensure they receive this life-sustaining care.
We strongly support the ability of all our patients to express their views, including bringing personal items into our clinics that provide comfort. At the same time, we must maintain the safety and quality standards required within our clinics. We are unable to permit items that may create safety hazards, infection control issues, or interfere with caregivers on the treatment floor. We must ensure that nothing on the treatment floor represents an obstacle for line-of-sight for our staff, or creates a barrier or impediment to their workflow in attending to all of the patients who entrust us with their care.
It is our number one priority to ensure all our patients receive the treatments they need and we are committed to supporting them to do so.”
Photo: Eric Gibson