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A Minnesota man critically ill with COVID-19 was transferred to a Texas hospital over the weekend, after his wife obtained a temporary restraining order against the Minnesota hospital where doctors told her that they would take a ventilator away from him.
Scott Quiner, 55, of Buffalo, Minnesota, tested positive for COVID-19 in late October and was first admitted to Waconia Hospital before being transferred to the intensive care unit at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids on November 6, according to a GoFundMe page in support of the Quiner family and an article by StarTribune, who was the first to report the story.
A court order, issued last Thursday and obtained by ABC News, prohibited Mercy Hospital from disconnecting the ventilator that had supported Scott Quiner for months while his wife, Anne Quiner, sought a new facility to continue her care. An Anoka County judge granted the order after health care providers told Anne Quiner they “intended[ed] take action on Thursday, January 13, 2022, that [would] to finish [her] husband’s life.
According to court documents, Anne Quiner told doctors that as her husband’s health care proxy, she “vehemently disapproves[d]” with these actions, and did not want her husband’s fan turned off.
Over the weekend, Scott Quiner was then transferred to a facility in Texas for treatment, according to Quiner family attorney Marjorie J. Holsten.
“A doctor evaluated him and determined that he was severely malnourished. Scott received much-needed nutrition and hydration and medications that were not administered by Mercy,” Holsten told ABC News in a statement on Monday. “He is being weaned off the sedative drugs and has already been able to follow with his eyes the movements the doctor was making with his hands. He is progressing in the right direction, although he has a long road ahead of him and prayers continue be appreciated.”
Representatives from Allina Health, which operates Mercy Hospital, said they wished the patient and his family well and had “great confidence” in the work of their team.
“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. Due to patient confidentiality, we cannot comment on the care provided to specific patients,” the health system told ABC News in a statement Monday. “Allina Health continues to wish the patient and family well. All information regarding the patient’s continued care should be directed to their current health care provider.”
– ABC News’ Arielle Mitropoulos