Feb. 15, 2020
Washington Post – Nelson Gibson says his family isn’t allowed to stay for his multi-hour dialysis treatments.
So he found another familiar face to sit beside him: President Trump.
First, the 59-year-old Floridian brought an 8-by-10-inch picture.
Then his son Photoshopped a small cardboard cutout of Gibson with his political hero grinning beside him, giving a thumbs-up.
It stood on a ledge as Gibson reclined in his shirt embroidered with Trump’s name and his custom shoes bearing the president’s face.
The collection was just a fascination for staff until Tuesday, the family says, when Gibson showed up to his regular appointment in Port St. Lucie with another Trump likeness. This one was life-size.
A social worker told him in the lobby that it had to go, Gibson says. “This is not a Trump rally,” he claims she said.
Now, his family is fighting with the dialysis center over whether Gibson can bring the giant cutout they say is his emotional support — a reminder he’s watched over by the president who at this month’s State of the Union speech touted a plan to improve kidney care.
They’ve taken to local news and social media to accuse the clinic of censorship, as it tries to get Gibson back for the three-times-a-week dialysis he says he has skipped for a week.
Experts warn that even one missed treatment brings serious risks. But Gibson told The Washington Post on Friday that he is holding out and will go to the hospital if he starts having health issues.
Fresenius Kidney Care said it just wants reasonable limits on what people bring to treatment.
“We strongly support the ability of all our patients to express their views, including bringing personal items into our clinics that provide comfort,” Robert Kossmann, chief medical officer for Fresenius Medical Care North America, said … Read more.