Conservative commentator Candace Owens claims she and her newborn child were held hostage by hospital staff determined to max out her insurance.
Owens expressed disgust for staff at Nashville’s Saint Thomas Hospital whom she claims subjected her to “24 hours of torture” after giving birth there July 13.
She alleged pressure from doctors and nurses whom she referred to as “medical mafia” who threatened her with criminal charges.
The Daily Mail further reported:
Conservative analyst and author Candace Owens claims staff at a Tennessee hospital attempted to hold her and her newborn daughter hostage after she gave birth earlier this summer – telling her she was not allowed to leave until they drew blood from the hours-old, perfectly healthy child.
The mother-of-two, who launches the new DailyWire+ podcast, Candace, on Monday, said the alleged mistreatment started after she declined antibiotics and contraction-inducing drugs while going into labor. She added that it culminated in staffers threatening to call child services on the right-wing commentator.
Owens – who married British Oxford grad George Farmer in 2019 – further accused staffers of engaging in a concerted effort to empty her wallet, by keeping her for over 48 hours so her stay was not covered by insurance.
When she refused, Owens says that a hospital pediatrician approached her and her husband as they tried to leave, callously telling the couple ‘that she watched a baby die in the 47th hour because her parents refused to stay.’
The pair ignored the staffer, Owens says – despite the workers’ false assertions that her insurance would likely not cover the visit if she went against medical advice and left.
When Owens responded that she didn’t care, a social worker employed by the hospital asked the couple to sign a document that said they were aware that The Department of Children’s Services (DCS) could pay them a visit for leaving against doctor’s orders, according to Owens.
Owens – who welcomed her first child in January 2021 – began the begrudged account Saturday by recalling how she declined both antibiotics and the contraction-inducing drug Pitocin while going into labor for the second time last July.
‘I had been very vocal about not wanting to be loaded up with unnecessary drugs during labor,’ the Republican firebrand shared, adding that both times she had given birth, not a single complication arose.
‘The doctor wanted me to take antibiotics, and I declined,’ Owens said.
‘Because I declined, they wanted me to stay in the hospital for 48 hours – and big coincidence, that’s the maximum amount that insurance will cover.’
That provided ‘incentive’, Owens said, saw several staffers level a series of reasons and potential repressions against the coupe – even after Owens successfully delivered a perfectly healthy, 7 pound, 3 ounce bundle of joy.
Owens recalled how the hospital’s head nurse warned her that ‘if [she left] before, [she would] be charged with a misdemeanor.’
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