Muslim Woman: Hospital Mocked Her Faith
A Muslim woman says she was forced to leave Abington Memorial Hospital without the care she needed, after a hospital staffer insulted her religion.
Janice Brown, 25, is a convert to the Islamic faith. And she suffers from periodic hemmoroidal bleeding, dating back to the birth of her daughter.
Late Thursday night, that bleeding led brown to the emergency room at Abington Memorial.
Brown says she’d called ahead, verifying that she’d be examined by a female doctor.
As a Muslim, it would be a sin for Janice to allow a non-related man to see her uncovered genital region.
But once inside the examination room, she was greeted by a man.
“The charge nurse came in- his name was James, though he went by Jim- and he told me that Abington Hospital does not discriminate and I’m not allowed to choose a preference whether i see a male doctor or a female doctor,” says Brown.
The hospital’s own web site includes a list of patients’ rights that includes the right to medical and nursing services without discrimination based upon religion.
Janice’s sister had joined her and confronted told the charge nurse.
“‘You’re asking her to go against her beliefs and commit sins because you don’t want to find her a female doctor,” she said.
And he said, ‘I’m sure god will forgive her.'”
“I don’t know if it was more of a mocking thing coming from the charge nurse- for him to tell me, ‘oh, God’s gonna forgive you.’ You’re not the one to make that decision in my life,” says Janice Brown.
Brown says she stormed out and ultimately drove 45 minutes to another hospital, where she was treated without incident by a female physician.
She got home at 4 a.m.
“I think it’s just a form of ignorance, basically. People not knowing or not taking the time to know or educate themselves about other religions so they can be sympathetic,” said Brown.
Abington Memorial would not talk to us on camera.
In a written statement, the hospital promised a thorough investigation of Janice’s claims.
They note that care providers may be assigned by gender if the request is based on religious beliefs but that the patient may have to wait for that gender-specific doctor.
Brown says she just wants an apology.
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