Man told he's going to die by doctor on video-link robot

Sun Online Desk

10th March, 2019 01:06:27 printer

Man told he's going to die by doctor on video-link robot

 

A doctor in California told a patient he was going to die using a robot with a video-link screen.

 

Ernest Quintana, 78, was at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Fremont when a doctor - appearing on the robot's screen - informed him that he would die within a few days.

 

A family friend wrote on social media that it was "not the way to show value and compassion to a patient".

 

The hospital says it "regrets falling short" of the family's expectations.

 

Mr Quintana died the next day.

 

Julianne Spangler, a friend of Mr Quintana's daughter, posted a photo of the robot on Facebook and said it "told [Mr Quintana] he has no lungs left only option is comfort care, remove the mask helping him breathe and put him on a morphine drip until he dies".

 

She later told BBC News that it was "an extremely frustrating situation", and "an atrocity of how care and technology are colliding".


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