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Local Oklahoma City Hospital Refuses to Treat Autistic Man Having Seizures

Posted Apr 11 2010 12:00am

Denied stamp Is it legal for a hospital to turn away a patient with autism saying it's not a condition they treat? How about seizures? The article does not name the hospital. Odd. KFOR News:

CITY -- A metro man is behind bars tonight accused of assaulting a police officer. Stephen Puckett, 28, suffers from autism as well as chronic seizures. After suffering seizures at home over the weekend, emergency crews transported Puckett to a local hospital. However, because of his autistic condition the hospital refused admission.

The local hospital isn't alone; several other hospitals around the state also refused to admit Puckett.

During his time at one local hospital, Puckett kicked a security guard leading to his felony assault charge.

Puckett's mother is frustrated by the inability to get her son proper medical care.

"I'm having problems with the fact, why does he have to be put in jail when he could have been treated in the hospital?" wonders Mary Puckett.

A spokesman at that hospital would only confirm there are certain illnesses and conditions they don't have the ability to treat.

Puckett is being held in jail on an $8,000 bond.

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