A federal court has dismissed a lawsuit by a lesbian who was banned by a Florida hospital from being with her life partner during her final hours. Lisa Pond, Janice Langbehn and their three adopted children were on a gay “R Family” cruise in February 2007 when Pond, 39, suffered a brain aneurysm that led to her being hospitalized.
Despite the couple having the necessary legal forms, officials at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami allegedly prevented Langbehn and the couple’s children from seeing Pond during her final hours. Hospital officials allegedly informed Langbehn that she was in an anti-gay city and state, and that they would not recognize her power of attorney authority.
Did keeping Langhehn from Pond's deathbed—did keeping Pond's three children from their mother's deathbed—save any straight marriages in Florida? Or was this act of almost unspeakable cruelty all for nothing? I'm getting on an airplane so I can't call and ask. But maybe you would like to call Jackson Memorial Hospital and ask.
Jackson Memorial Hospital Main Line 305-585-1111
Customer Service 305-585-5300
Human Resources 786-466-8333
Patient Relations 305-585-7341
Public Relations/Media 305-585-7213
And, hey, look what I found on top of Jackson Memorial Hospital's website this morning:
Lisa Pond's widow and children will no doubt be delighted to learn that Jackson Memorial Hospital values compassion so highly.