Michael Hickson, a disabled black man, died on June 11th from COVID-19 after the hospital withheld treatment, food, and water for six days. His wife Melissa wasn’t notified of his death until the following morning after his remains were transported to the funeral home.
Michael developed quadriplegia in 2017 after suffering from cardiac arrest. He first contacted COVID-19 on May 15th, days after one person tested positive at Brush Country, a nursing facility in Austin, TX. On June 3rd, he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) after suffering shortness of breath and fever the day before, according to The Texan.
On June 5th, Melissa tried visiting her husband but was denied access after being told his health was declining. The next day she was advised by the hospital that her husband had moved out of ICU and was breathing on his own. For unknown reasons, Michael was transported to a hospice, where he was denied food and water, which contradicted what medical professionals told Melissa.
In a recorded conversation between Melissa and the attending physician, he told her that he didn’t think that her husband had “quality of life” because of his disability. Melissa’s final physical visit was on June 6th.
Days before Michael’s death, Melissa was trying to get guardianship of her husband to get him the proper care.
Watch Melissa’s full video down below.