‘It hurts’ -- Detroit firefighter whose mom died at Sinai-Grace responds to lawsuit against hospital

May was confident his 68-year-old mother Caroline Pollard would survive coronavirus when she was admitted to Sinai-Grace Hospital. She died April 8 and the Detroit Medical Center had to apologize for losing his mother’s body for six days.
May was confident his 68-year-old mother Caroline Pollard would survive coronavirus when she was admitted to Sinai-Grace Hospital. She died April 8 and the Detroit Medical Center had to apologize for losing his mother’s body for six days.

DETROIT – A firefighter who lost his mother to COVID-19 at Sinai-Grace Hospital is weighing in on the lawsuit filed by four fired nurses.

ORIGINAL STORY: Lawsuit alleges patients died due to staffing issues at Sinai-Grace

Alfonzo May said hearing about the lawsuit was like reopening an old would. The lawsuit claims people died during the coronavirus outbreak because the hospital was too short-staffed.

“It hurts,” May said. “It hurts. It ripped that wound right off.”

Update June 12, 2020: Michigan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases up to 59,621; Death toll now at 5,745

May was confident his 68-year-old mother Caroline Pollard would survive coronavirus when she was admitted to Sinai-Grace Hospital. She died April 8 and the Detroit Medical Center had to apologize for losing his mother’s body for six days.

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The lawsuit, filed by four former nurses, said the hospital was so understaffed, patients were neglected and should have survived, but did not.

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