It’s a parent’s nightmare: your child is sick, and you cannot be with them. In the midst of a pandemic, it’s something plenty of parents have worried over, but a medical facility says that one family’s story of suffering through the experience isn’t actually accurate.
Jake Klassen is quoted in a Fortune article this week, saying that he and his wife can’t visit their nine-year-old daughter, who is in palliative care in Winnipeg.
According to the story, he says that the facility, St. Amant, does not allow families to visit unless they are fully vaccinated. Klassen says, “This is something worth fighting for,” noting that the facility’s rules have kept him from seeing his child for months, and that he fears his semi trailer and two campers, which are part of a blockade formed of parked vehicles at the Canada-U.S. border, might be seized by the government.
On social media, Klassen and his wife are being described as the worst parents of 2022, and as abandoning their daughter over a shot.
Palliative care is END OF LIFE care. His daughter is DYING and he’s at a truck rally.
— April (@speakout_april) February 16, 2022
Take it from me.
They didn't abandon the child to avoid vaccination.
They are using the vaccination as a specious excuse to avoid the responsibility of the care of a dying child.
I'm the mother of a dying child and I take care of him 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
— B. Maggie Sherrill (@Chateausherrill) February 16, 2022
But when she dies without seeing her it will be everybody else’s fault but his
— Knotliq (@Knotliq) February 16, 2022
Fucking hell. They're definitely going to run away with the medal for worst parents of 2022.
— Pé (@4everNeverTrump) February 16, 2022
Here’s the problem though — the medical facility, which has gotten exactly the attention you’d expect out of being mentioned in this context, has responded and said it’s factually incorrect.
In a statement, St. Amant said, “At St.Amant, Designated Family Caregivers, who are unvaccinated are welcome to visit within the visitation pod (which is away from all other residents).”
They also responded with appreciation to those who have made donations, and provided this link to the foundation that provides many of their facility’s comforts and needs for those who are still asking where to donate.
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Steph Bazzle reports on social issues and religion for Hill Reporter. She focuses on stories that speak to everyone's right to practice what they believe in and receive the support of their communities and government officials. You can reach her at Steph@HillReporter.com