PROTESTERS TO JOIN HIM SATURDAY AFTERNOON
Marvin Abbott is sleeping on the grounds of Providence Alaska Medical Center, while his daughter, 26-year-old Rachelle, is in critical condition inside, suffering from an asthma attack. He believes if he was with her, she would respond and improve.
The Kodiak resident says he won’t leave without his daughter, and is going to camp there until the hospital lets him in to be with her.
But hospital rules in place are such that due to COVID-19, no family members can come in, unless their loved ones are on death’s doorstep. People are allowed in just to say their final goodbyes.
Rachelle was medevaced on Sunday night from Kodiak, and Abbott came, too, even though he knew of the hospital policies. He said he would take a test for COVID-19. But the hospital has refused.
On Saturday, protesters will join Abbott to show solidarity with him. They plan to gather at Providence from 2 pm to 4 pm.
People in Alaska found out about the father’s plight after he posted a Facebook video of himself lying on the lawn near the hospital, with a sign behind him that reads, “Let me see her!” Abbott’s post had been shared 600 times by late Friday night and had received over 200 comments on Facebook.