My friend (I am his Medical Power of Attorney) was hospitalized over two weeks ago for a seizure and diabetic coma. He is 57 years old. The EMS took him to the closest hospital to be stabilized, which is an ordinary general hospital. He came out of the coma beautifully 2 days later (the doctors were sure he would not make it) and was already eating almost ravenously.
He aspirated in the night and (although I don't know how long it took till the nurses found him) he was given CPR ten minutes until his heart beat again. He is now in another coma and has anoxic encephalopathy.
For the past three days I have tried EVERYTHING in my earthly power to get him into an upgraded hospital about 20 miles away that specializes in neurology, but this hospital refuses to do that for some reason.
I was in the ICU 10 hours yesterday and have tried calling every department in the hospital. I find it very strange they will not transfer him, and already last week the doctors were trying to persuade me to have hospice come in and take him off all his meds and life support (even though he is not terminal). These doctors (who are not top neurologists) are insisting he'll have no quality of life, although he is not brain dead, has gag reflex, his pupils respond slightly to light, and he has only been in a coma about 12 days today. He is still on a ventilator.
Can anyone help me? I really feel he needs to be in a hospital that specializes in brain injury, as it appears they just want to write him off. I never imagined it could be so hard to have a brain-injured person transferred to a better hospital. Right now I am his ears and voice, as he cannot speak to defend himself. Someone, please help!