From Cheryl's notes…
"There lay Lindsey, just going through a birth and her baby is down the hall! At least she should have been given a chance to hold him for a few minutes!
While John was with Rico down the hall, a team of doctors
surrounded the delivery room. Particularly one young pediatrician, Dr.
Dufend[ach] and said, "I heard there is an HIV issue going on with this
baby." I nearly fell over. I stood up and said, why do we need to go into
Cheryl's "why now" will be considered later in the story; however, Lindsey and Cheryl's devastation hearing the words "HIV issue" was immediate.
Lindsey's determination had always overcome the relentless HIV issues she had been aware of most of her life. Despite the inherent questions she would have had from being adopted, Lindsey also was burdened with waking up every day to what must have been varying degrees of feeling cursed by elements of her own body. To carry the load of being diagnosed with not only the plague but the stigma that comes with HIV is a formidable obstacle that would be overwhelming for an experienced mind that no one should have to bear, but the developing mind
of a child, one has to assume that there would have been many lonely nights in bed alone, staring at the transition where the wall meets the ceiling that would bend and saturate the senses. Over the years, doctors and critics would question the legitimacy of Lindsey's right to have survived and pursued the family with the insatiable desire to make sure Cheryl and I were always aware that Lindsey was going to die.
In losing Lindsey, then Rico, and finally Cheryl, the diagnosing elites have always been standing in line to make it clear that there will be no hope allowed. Instead, there is only imminent death. For Lindsey as an infant, we were told she would likely live for six months and, at most, two years. Lindsey's first doctor, Dr. Belani, always made sure we were aware that in the last half of the possible two-year death sentence, Lindsey's life would be grueling, sickening, bedridden, with no hope. Dr. Hostetter was Lindsey's second doctor. At two years of age, Hostetter clarified that "AIDS is a fatal disease. No medical practitioner should display confidence" that he or she can prevent a fatal outcome." Finally, Lindsey's last AIDS doctor,
who happens to be still working at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Henry, stated Lindsey might live to be six or seven but would not see double digits. Dr. Henry made this proclamation when Lindsey was over three years old and playing on the floor before the great doctor.
For 22 years, we had given Lindsey the space to grow and experience life like any other child; there were no exceptions to this. The goal had always been quality of life for Lindsey. With this, she thrived, was independent, and was the only child to have been taken off the drugs, resulting in her being the only child to have survived being treated by the doctors mentioned above. While there was no way to shelter Lindsey from her inner feelings, we were able to shield her from the majority of the incoming morbidity that the anxious critics felt compelled to chant from their elite status but now, with Rico separated from his mother, we could no longer shield her and everything good in life including her newborn infant would be taken away.
For Lindsey, the beginning of the end would start as the resident who had just completed practicing on the newborn stomped back into the room where Lindsey had just given birth and began to attack Lindsey for the very blood coursing through her veins. From this point forward and for the rest of her life, she will be continually ridiculed, threatened, and demeaned by doctors, social workers, judges, county attorneys, and eventually, Rico's father.
A team of doctors surrounded the delivery room. Particularly one young pediatrician, Dr. Dufend[ach] and said, "I heard there is an HIV issue going on with this baby."
I nearly fell over. I stood up and said, why do we need to go into this now? No one in the midwife has mentioned HIV in the six months Lindsey has been coming in.
Why now?" "Raising my hands and telling [Dufendach] that the HIV issue is not an issue!"
Now the same darkness that has befallen Rico's every attempt to survive is encompassing every part of Lindsey's existence while also affirming every negative conjecture that had ever been forced on Lindsey and her mere existence and ending every goal or future experience that any civilized person would consider as being an acceptable life.
"During the next 40 minutes, even more doctors and a
group of fellows came in wanting to see Lindsey's molluscum. What? How humiliating – my heart went out to Lindsey. Not even being able to hold her new baby – now a spectacle in front of a bunch of -male- strangers. If you think it's funny, you should try it sometime. Even in a research hospital, some things should remain sacred! Things such as privacy!" "After [Dufendach] left, I called Steve, who was in Brownsdale working at the café,
and told him the HIV issue came up. Upon hearing my utterance, Steve said,
"I'll be there in 40 minutes!"
Dufendach was about to have "a long discussion with the infant's mother and grandmother regarding HIV testing and treatment" he stated, "The health of the infant is our primary concern, and we will continue to treat him with the best interest standard." What about Lindsey's primary concerns and her best interest? Do Lindsey's worries and interests cease to exist? Is she no longer human? This was not the first encounter we had with the idea that people testing positive for HIV were non-human. When Lindsey was an infant in 1990, a child testing HIV+ was considered "non-human" by many in the medical community. In 1973 the renowned consultant to vaccine manufacturers Dr. Stanley Plotkin believed there was justification for running experiments on terminal lives because they "are humans in form but not in social potential." In other words, don't allow for the quality of a shortened life; instead, let the experiments begin and exaggerate your own elite "potential."
Resident Dufendach's "long discussion" with Lindsey resulted in a lengthy 3-page clinical document. Yet, out of those three pages, he dedicates only two short paragraphs to Rico's condition and the parameters of what took place, failing to list any vitals despite the room having been filled with residents taking notes through the entire procedure. In the 40 minutes, it had taken me to arrive at the hospital, the resident had disappeared, and a seasoned Dr. Johnson was on the scene, delivering a softer and more refined line of threats.
Dr. Johnson clarified that Rico was not taken to the NICU due to aspiration or meconium, writing, "I visited with the mother, the father, the grandmother, and the grandfather. I wanted to clarify whether it made sense why the baby was going to the NICU. They understood that there was an air accumulation between the lung and the chest wall, referred to as a pneumothorax". Dr. Johnson further explained that Rico's situation was "life-threatening" and "sicker than all the tiny preemies" in the NICU, which in retrospect it would seem he was preparing the family for what the seasoned medical team in the NICU were in fear of and that is there was a very good chance Rico was not going to make it. Cheryl and I requested the medical reports that had been filed, which we knew existed because every time a doctor or nurse appeared, a computer on wheels was checked in and out every time an employee entered and left the room. Of course, that request was denied and replaced by additional threats.
Having just been grilled by resident Dufendach, Dr. Johnson came "back to the room and wanted to clarify with [the family] their thinking on the status of HIV testing for the baby." "If Pediatric Infectious Disease recommends HIV testing, we would not secretly do that unbeknownst to the parents." Really? If that's true, then Johnson should explain why blood had immediately been drawn from the placenta. It should also have been explained why a resident doctor was more enthralled with the HIV status of a person he had never met than being concerned with the actions he had just performed on a child that was near death and had just been taken by ambulance to another hospital NICU.
Had Johnson been truthful, he would have admitted this was not just about testing; Johnson was not just asking that Rico be tested; Mayo Clinic was demanding that Rico immediately be put on an entire course of AZT regardless of whether Rico’s test was positive or negative. Instead, Johnson documents his soft threats stating, "we might need clarification from a legal standpoint. We might contact initially Social Services, but potentially lawyers or a judge could be involved." Then the undocumented strongarmed threats were brought on by Joshua Murphy of Mayo legal and Mayo social services.
Lindsey was left with no choice but to succumb to Mayo doctor's demands and was promised by Joshua Murphy that Mayo legal would not turn this over to Mower County child protection, yet this is precisely what Murphy did. Despite giving his word, Joshua Murphy "filed with Mower County child protection on [day of birth] 12/19 for medical neglect," and they "will be in contact with the NICU social worker to provide follow up," allowing officials from Mower County Child Protection (CPS) to put Lindsey and her family under surveillance without their knowledge.
The surveillance of a family seemed to be just another day for Social Worker Hannah Mattheisen, who writes, "since this case is still [in] the assessment phase from Child Protection, a release of information is not needed to communicate with Mower County." The family was unaware of any "assessment phase," and there was never any legal communication between the family and Mower County until they abducted Rico on January 18th. This "release of information" was not limited to just Rico but included Lindsey's unauthorized medical testing.
Past the point of giving birth Lindsey was not Mayo Clinic's patient, and the Clinic was not authorized to do exteJohnsoning on Lindsey's blood. Any blood testing that Lindsey agreed to was limited to Rico's blood which Dr. Johnson makes clear, stating he was going "to clarify with them (Lindsey) their thinking on the status of HIV testing for the baby." and he would also "clarify with Peds ID as to their recommendations for specific HIV testing in this baby." However, it seems evident that blood taken from the placenta was not only used for an unauthorized HIV test on Rico but that doctors would use testing to further Mayo Clinic's demonization of Lindsey and likely sent the blood out of state…What?
It would not be until three days after the abduction that the family would be aware that Lindsey's bloodwork had become public knowledge available to doctors, residents, and anyone accessing Lindsey and Rico's computerized clinical files. It would be three days after the abduction that the family was finally able to obtain the complete "REQUEST FOR EMERGENCY PROTECTIVE CARE PLACEMENT" used to abduct Rico. It was in this document that doctors and lawyers attempt to show Lindsey is an unfit mother and Rico needs immediate protective care by
adding the line, "At this time, the mother's current diagnoses are suggesting that her HIV has progressed to AIDS." This brings into question whose placenta doctors removed blood from. Was it Lindsey's or Rico's? Either way, the blood was taken without research consent.
When blood is drawn from a woman in labor or who has just delivered without consent, it is a clear indication this blood is being used for nefarious research such as a toxicology screen for drugs which was also performed on Lindsey without permission which I have the printout, showing the test results for several controlled and illegal substances, none of which were in Lindsey's blood.
Indications that this blood was likely sent out of state can be found in guidance from the
"HHS Public Access" "Research into a functional cure for HIV neonates," where it's suggested that in cases like Lindsey's, "blood samples might need to be drawn during labor or soon after birth for research purposes." The HHS article also lists the location that "provides an established infrastructure with expertise in specimen processing and storage," which has "received >188,000 deposits and has distributed >192,000 specimen aliquots (a portion of a large whole) worldwide." This is referred to as the AIDS Specimen Bank (ASB) and is located…wait for it…at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), the same UCSF that Dr. Huskins had the foresight to contact right after Rico's birth…HMMM.
For anyone gullible or working in the Mower County Courthouse, you might believe that it was just -luck- that guided a resident to have fulfilled everything needed for the "Research into a functional cure for HIV neonates," and then Dr. Huskins just happened to call UCSF and, in five months will purposefully enter "functional cure" into testimony.
More on that later…
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