A Florida dialysis patient is upset with medical staff who say he can’t bring his emotional support life-sized cutout of President Donald Trump with him to his dialysis facility during his treatments.
Nelson Gibson of Port St. Lucie, told local ABC affiliate WBPF that he at first only brought an 8- by 10- inch photo of Trump as a comfort item during his treatments because his family is not allowed to sit with him that long.
“It just feels like bringing something from home to make you comfortable,” Gibson said.
No one complained about the photo, according to Gibson.
Then he started bringing a small cardboard cutout of himself standing next to Trump, which staff also did not complain about.
Gibson says on Saturday he brought a life-sized cutout of the president and again, no one complained. But when he returned for treatment Tuesday he received a complaint from staffers at the Fresenius Kidney Care.
“They told me it was too much and it wasn’t a rally,” Gibson told WBPF.
He says he didn’t say anything and just left.
His son, Eric Gibson, said he contacted the representatives at the facility to find out why the cutout was not allowed.
In a statement, Fresenius Kidney Care’s spokesperson said the organization strongly supports “the ability of all our patients to express their views.”
“While we cannot discuss any specific individual, we strongly support the ability of all our patients to express their views, which includes bringing reasonably sized items into our dialysis centers that do not create safety or infection control issues, or interfere with caregivers on the treatment floor,” Brad Puffer said.