I’ll never forget the day I got the phone call: My brother Peter Price, who suffered brain trauma from a bicycle accident, had swallowed 5 fish hooks and 22 AA batteries, in a desperate attempt to escape the rehabilitation center where he was abused. [Video Shows Alleged Abuse of Disabled Patient http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/investigations/Video-Show-Alleged-Abuse-of-Disabled-Patient-Prosecutors-165986446.html ]
I was devastated. Not long after Peter had been placed in the Florida Institute for Neurologic Rehabilitation (FINR), he had begun complaining that staff would frequently hold him down and punch him in the face and groin. He said he was locked in a tiny cabin for weeks.
The conditions Peter described were horrifying, and I tried to get him moved quickly. But he was in so much distress he couldn’t wait. He risked his life because he saw no other way out.
Today, Peter is doing well at a different rehabilitation center where he is tended to by a caring staff. But I was haunted when I learned that dozens of defenseless patients at FINR continued to face abuse.
That’s why I started a petition calling on the Department of Health to investigate and shut down Florida Institute for Neurologic Rehabilitation in light of hundreds of abuse allegations that have surfaced: http://goo.gl/XqVBP
You can imagine how I felt when I read a Bloomberg News article last week that highlighted the stories of those abused: Danny Silva, an autistic patient assaulted by staff on camera; Michael Lieux, a Marine killed after staff pinned him down until he suffocated; and Reginald Hicks, a tube-fed patient who died after staff fed him food that lodged in his lungs.
Sign my petition calling on the Department of Health to investigate and shut down the Florida Institute for Neurologic Rehabilitation, which is facing more than 477 allegations of abuse of brain injured patients:
MARY NEAL RESPONDED:
I'm sorry your brain damaged brother suffered abuse and others are still being abused in the facility where he was warehoused. Mentally ill people and everyone with brain injuries are at risk for losing all human and civil rights. Do not forget that Florida is the state where a brain damaged woman was starved to death in March 2005. See "Schiavo's feeding tube removed" at this link www.cnn.com/2005/LAW/03/18/schiavo.brain-damaged/ . Brain injuries and mental illness are "illegal" health conditions punishable by death in USA. My own brother was murdered after being hidden in secret arrest - kidnapped - for 18 days in Shelby Co Memphis Jail. Google "WRONGFUL DEATH OF LARRY NEAL." I am very surprised they let you tell about your brother, Jessica. Are you being gangstalked and censored like I am yet? The responsibility to protect Americans' civil rights falls on the USDOJ, which helps cover up my brother's murder. Nevertheless, I am forwarding your complaint to the USDOJ and others. God bless you for trying to help brain damaged people like Kelly Thomas, Larry Neal, Tim Souders, Mitrice Richardson, Timothy Bulldog Allen, Patrick Toney, and a million others who are killed or jailed for their ILLEGAL health defects. I reported some of these abuses in my interview with PressTV this week. Unfortunately, there are cyberstalkers hired to prevent the truth about oppression going forth online. This article, for instance, is full of codes that may affect your access to the data at the five(5) links. More about Jessica's justice quest for brain damaged people is at this link http://www.change.org/members/jessicaa2