Hospital removed Kaylee's dad to 'control situation'
The Hospital for Sick Children says it stands by the care it has given baby Kaylee Wallace and that officials "have taken measures to control the situation" after the child's father was escorted from the premises yesterday afternoon.
Tensions continue to mount between hospital workers and Kaylee's father Jason Wallace after he filed a complaint alleging his wife was assaulted by hospital staff.
Wallace was physically escorted from The Hospital for Sick Children after a meeting with hospital management Wednesday evening at around 5:30 p.m.
After he was kicked off the property, Wallace went to a downtown Toronto police station to file a complaint.
He told reporters outside the police station that the meeting between himself, his wife Crystal Vitelli and hospital staff got tense after he voiced several complaints. He claimed a nurse assaulted his wife when she didn't hand over Kaylee's health chart when she was asked for it.
"(The nurse) physically turned me, moved me and pulled it from my arms," Vitelli told the Toronto Star.
The couple also allege that health care workers turned off an oxygen machine that was hooked up to their daughter. They also accused one of the nurses of hurting Kaylee when she was first admitted to the hospital, by moving the baby's head forcefully. They claim Kaylee has suffered cuts and bruises since going to hospital.
Wallace said he was told by hospital management that no action would be taken against Sick Kids' staff. He told the Star he was escorted out of the building after he swore under his breath as a manager approached him.
He insisted that his expletive was not directed at the manager.
His allegations have not been proven in court.
Hospital 'protecting staff'
The Hospital for Sick Children responded Thursday afternoon, sending ctvtoronto.ca an email saying that the facility had to take "very unusual steps" in this case.
"There are rare occasions when it is necessary to take very unusual steps in order to protect our staff and provide appropriate care for our patients and their families," the hospital said in the statement.
"We sympathize with the tragic situation of this family and the stress that is triggering their response. However, we can not let that disrupt the care we deliver to Kaylee, our other patients and their families. Theforefore, we have taken measures to control the situation in order to provide that care."
The hospital goes on to defend their staff and the care that Kaylee has received.
"We stand behind the care Kaylee is being given and our professionals who are dedicated to her health," the statement says.
"SickKids has an obligation to provide a peaceful and healing environment for children at our hospital and for their families. We also have a responsibility to provide a safe work environment for our staff as they deliver the best possible care to Kaylee and to all of our patients."
JP Pampena, who has offered his services as a publicist to Wallace on a pro bono basis, told ctvtoronto.ca that his client will brief the media on the situation in the next few days. He said for now, his client is consulting with his legal team.
Wallace became a familiar face in the media after he held daily news conferences at the start of April to update the public about his baby's condition.
Kaylee suffers from Joubert Syndrome, a rare condition that makes it difficult for her to breath without the help of a respirator. Kaylee's condition was at one point considered critical.
At first, Wallace used the news conferences to try urging the hospital to use Kaylee's organs to help another dying baby at the hospital. However, to everyone's surprise, Kaylee started breathing on her own after being taken off life support and her condition, while frail, has stabilized.
Wallace also made headlines last week when he appeared in court to face an assault and robbery charge that stemmed from a bar fight in 2006.
He spoke to reporters after the news conference and admitted to dealing drugs at one point in his life.
Days later, Wallace and his publicist announced a fundraiser to help the family raise funds to help care for their daughter's future needs.