A dedicated Florida mother was jailed after refusing to leave her daughter’s hospital bedside — and she’s “not sorry” she “had them take me out of there in handcuffs.”
According to television station WKRC, Lynn Savage, 70, was arrested on trespassing charges after she refused to comply with visiting hours while her daughter, Amber, was recovering from brain surgery at UF Health North in Jacksonville.
“I couldn’t leave her bedside in good conscience and good heart, not knowing how she was going to make it through the night,” Savage told the site.
A doctor once requested Savage to come into her daughter’s intensive care unit room to help her calm down following her operation.
“She was OK as soon as I approached the bedside,” Savage told the newspaper.
When visiting hours ended at 7 p.m., however, a nurse informed Savage that she would have to depart.
“I told her, ‘I’m not leaving.’ I’d like to stay with my daughter here. “Could you please contact the doctor, as the doctor is the one who requested that I accompany her?” she inquired.
“And [the nurse] said no, they wouldn’t be able to do it.” COVID regulations said that visiting hours ended at 7:00 p.m., and I had to leave.”
After then, security personnel entered the room and ordered her to leave.
“They were also quite courteous.” “They tried to persuade me to leave, but I said, ‘I’m not leaving,'” Savage told the source.
Savage was taken to jail after refusing to comply with officers’ demands for several hours. She spent about a day there.
“It was scary,” Savage recalled, “but I’d rather be there than know that I had abandoned my baby.”
“I am completely confident in my conduct. “I’m not sorry I made them handcuff me and took me out of there,” she stated.
In a statement, the hospital stated that it was following policy to guarantee the safety of its patients.
“Like health care institutions across the country, we have policies in place to safeguard everyone from the COVID-19 virus, including patients, visitors, and employees,” according to a statement to Action News Jax.
“Information about visitation restrictions is posted in areas visible to visitors,” the statement continued.