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An outspoken emergency room doctor with a large following on social media made headlines when he wished death on Americans who choose to live their lives without fear.

On Feb. 3, Dr. Gilman reacted to a viral video that shows maskless shoppers in a Florida grocery store.

In a now-deleted tweet, Gilman wrote: "Naples, Florida. Let 'em die. I'm so tired of these people. No vaccine for y'all."

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In a follow-up tweet, he wrote: "I'm working in the COVID ICU tonight! I'm so tired of giving 200% while others in the U.S. can’t even help by simply wearing a mask!"

When outraged Twitter followers reminded him that his impulsiveness got him fired from a hospital in Arizona, he blamed Republicans and walked back his statement.

"Republicans trying to take my words out of context as if I deny medical care to people that don't wear masks & 'let 'em die. My point is that we can't waste our energy on these COVID deniers. [They] are not gonna protect themselves so let 'em die. They'll find out the hard way."

On Nov. 22, Dr. Gilman was fired for lying about the lack of ICU beds in the state of Arizona.

Gilman tweeted that there were "no more ICU beds in the state of Arizona."

But Gov. Doug Ducey and the Department of Health disputed his tweet by confirming there were over 100 ICU beds available in the state that same day.

Gilman's tweets made him a celebrity on Twitter. He received a Zoom call from Joe Biden's transition team and Oprah Winfrey offered to send him and his family on vacation.

But others were not as tolerant of Gilman's attention-seeking tweets.

Envision, the agency that contracts him to work temporary assignments in hospitals, told him his services were no longer needed at Yuma Medical Center in Arizona.

When Gilman tweeted that he was "fired" from his temporary assignment, the hospital said it was all a "misunderstanding" and that he still worked shifts there.

But Gilman told a reporter that he was on the schedule to work but he had not been permitted to work his scheduled shifts.

"I was told by Envision that the hospital was not allowing me to return back due to a tweet," he said.

The hospital quietly told Envision that Gilman would not be allowed to "be vocal or outspoken" on social media.

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Social media users lashed out at Gilman for his insensitive tweet about the maskless grocery store in Florida.

One Twitter user called Gilman "mentally unfit", while others expressed their support for him.

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Dr. Gilman attempted to go viral with a rap song about Covid-19 last year, but it flopped.
 

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A hospital worker in Texas is accused of pretending to inject a male nurse with the Covid-19 vaccine by using an empty syringe.

Footage aired by KTSM 9 News showed a hospital worker injecting 5 nurses with Covid-19 vaccines.

Sharp-eyed viewers noticed the syringe appeared to be empty and the plunger was already pushed in before the healthcare worker gave the shot to the second nurse.

Some viewers accused the 2 hospital workers of conspiring to fake the injection.

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"Some eagle-eyed KTSM 9 News viewers wondered if the worker received the vaccine at all," KTSM wrote, adding that a reporter reached out to the medical center to find out what happened.

A hospital spokesperson initially claimed that all 5 nurses received the full first dose of the vaccine.

But after careful review of the news footage the spokesperson acknowledged that the second nurse "did not receive a full dose of vaccine."

The spokesperson continued: "We want to remove any doubt raised that he was not fully vaccinated and further strengthen confidence in the vaccination process."

The hospital claimed the male nurse was "vaccinated again."

"The nurse in question today was vaccinated again. UMC has confirmed with the US Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) that re-vaccinating the nurse will not cause adverse effects.

"The nurse will need to return after three weeks to receive his second dose."

Thousands of nurses and doctors around the country have said they will decline the vaccine because it was rushed to market without being fully tested.

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Pfizer's vaccines for "emergency use," meaning Pfizer was allowed to skip the animal testing phase.

UPMC in Pennsylvania, one of the nation's largest hospital systems, has said it will not force it's 89,000 employees to get the vaccine.
 

 

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Major hospital systems in the Midwest won't force their doctors and nurses to get the still experimental Pfizer mRNA vaccine.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Pfizer vaccine for emergency use, meaning the bio-engineered vaccine is still experimental.

Dr. Graham Snyder, the medical director of infection prevention and hospital epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), says the Pfizer mRNA vaccine will not be mandatory for UPMC's 89,000 employees, according to Pennlive.com.

UPMC requires its employees to get the flu vaccine every year because the mandatory flu vaccination policy "is based on decades of experience with the influenza vaccine."

Snyder said the Covid-19 mRNA vaccine was developed in under a year and there is "no comparable data for a COVID-19 vaccine".

The vaccine will be given to employees who want it, but UPMC will conduct its own review of the vaccines before injecting any of its employees, Snyder said.

"Until we learn more and build our own experience with this vaccine... it's not the right thing to make it mandatory," he said.

UPMC hospital system includes 40 hospitals with more than 8,000 licensed beds, 700 clinical locations and doctors' offices, according to Wikipedia.

Dr. Robert Citronberg, executive medical director of infectious disease and prevention for Advocate Aurora Health, called the speed in which the vaccine was developed "One of the great scientific achievements of our time."

Citronberg added: "We don't feel like we have enough information to mandate it. We also don't think that's the right strategy right now."

Advocate Aurora Health is one of the largest systems in the Midwest, with 10 hospitals in Illinois and 16 hospitals in Wisconsin, according to the Daily Herald.

"We expect that hopefully in the next four or six weeks we should be able to immunize all of our patient-facing team members who want to get a vaccine," Citronberg said.

Edward-Elmhurst Health and Northwestern Medicine hospitals in the Illinois suburbs also won't force their employees to take the vaccine.

In DuPage County, public health authorities expect an allotment of about 13,000 doses for its 58,000 health workers and long-term care facility residents. Officials will assess which hospital employees want the vaccine before distribution begins in the coming weeks.

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A nurse serial killer was arrested and charged with the murder of 8 babies in her care at Countess of Chester Hospital in Chester, England.

Lucy Letby was initially arrested in 2018 on suspicion of murdering multiple infants over a 3-year period at the hospital. She was arrested again in 2019 after police conducted a search of her home and turned up evidence in the suspected murders of 3 additional babies after 2018.

Letby, who was released twice on bond, was arrested a third time this week and charged with an additional 6 murders and nine attempted murders of premature newborns.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Hughes said "a team of detectives" worked on the case to bring Letby to justice.

The majority of babies who died in Letby's care were premature newbies in neonatal units. The unusually high number of infant deaths in 2015 prompted the hospital to close its neonatal unit and move newborns to other facilities while an investigation was underway.

The hospital has since stopped caring for babies born before 32 weeks of pregnancy.

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Angry social media users flooded the hospital's switchboard and social media accounts after a cruel post went viral on social media.

The post identifies the user as Brittany Jill Michael, a nurse at Mass General. The post features a meme that shows gun violence victim Cannon Hinnant.

The meme reads: "Free Bike! I got this bike from my neighbor who don't need it no more. Has some red stains on it."

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Cannon, 5, was shot in the head at point blank range while riding his bicycle in his own yard in Wilson, North Carolina on Aug. 9.

Police arrested 25-year-old ex-convict Darius Sessoms a day later at a private residence in Goldsboro NC. He was charged with first-degree murder and ordered held without bond.

The Facebook post fired up conservatives who called the hospital demanding to know if the Facebook user was a nurse on staff there.

Mass General updated the hospital's Twitter account to confirm the Facebook user is not a an employee, and they are working with Facebook officials to identify the user.

The Facebook account has since been deleted.

"This individual does not work at Mass General. We recommend that you report the profile to Facebook, as we have done. We are working with Facebook officials and the appropriate authorities to identify the person or people who are responsible for this hurtful message."

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CBS News has admitted using footage from a hospital in Italy that shows a hospital ward overflowing with patients during the coronavirus pandemic.

The news comes after New York residents uploaded video to social media that shows hospitals in New York City are not "war zones" overwhelmed with coronavirus patients as the news media reported.

CBS' This Morning used footage of a packed hospital ward in Italy last Wednesday after claiming the coronavirus epicenter was "found right here" in New York.

The same footage was aired by Sky News -- which correctly identified it as a hospital in Italy.

The American news media has been criticized for overhyping the coronavirus to panic viewers and cause chaos to increase TV ratings.

"This is unacceptable," wrote one outraged Twitter user. Another user tweeted: "it's completely irresponsible for @CBSNews to use footage from an Italian Hospital when talking about the outbreak in New York City."

A CBS News spokesperson attribute the fake news to an "editing mistake."

"We took immediate steps to remove it from all platforms and shows."

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Rapper Future Hendrix teamed up with an Atlanta company to donate custom sewn face masks to medical professionals treating patients infected with the Wuhan coronavirus.

Future's nonprofit, The FreeWishes Foundation, is teaming up with Atlanta Sewing Style to produce the masks for doctors, nurses, and other frontline workers in direct contact with COVID-19 patients.

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The "Mask Off" hitmaker and his daughter Londyn wore custom bejeweled face masks to the 2017 BET Awards.

According to TMZ, the star, real name Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn, has a team of 500 people dedicated to the task of sewing masks, although it remains unclear how many pieces he is aiming to create.

"As most people adapt to the new normal of staying quarantined to protect themselves from the coronavirus, healthcare professionals do not have this privilege," a statement from The FreeWishes Foundation reads.

"In addition, they do not even have enough supplies to protect themselves from contracting coronavirus."

Future's sister, Tia-Wilburn Anderson, added it was important for her, her brother, and their family to help their community during the coronavirus pandemic.

Future joins a number of stars, including Angelina Jolie, Ryan Reynolds, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, who are handing out millions to help provide meals for those in need and medical supplies for doctors and nurses treating those suffering from the virus.

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Hospitals hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic are considering "do not resuscitate" orders to let the sickest patients die so others can live.

Hospitals are struggling with a lack of ICU beds and medical equipment shortages in the hardest hit areas such as New York and California.

Usually a DNR order is a personal decision between the patient's families and their doctors. But hospitals are considering DNR orders for coronavirus patients who are not likely to survive.

"First, do no harm" is the guiding principle for doctors who are tasked with saving lives at all costs. But hospital administrations are debating whether some patients should be removed from ventilators and allowed to die to free up the equipment for patients who have a better chance of survival.

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Dr. Patrice Harris (right), president of the American Medical Association, told Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner the AMA's code of ethics provides guidance to hospitals and doctors about this difficult decision.

"That's the appropriate thing to do," Dr. Harris said. This shouldn't be an individual doctor's decision."

The CDC offers the following tips to avoid spreading the flu or Covid-19 virus:

1. Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds
2. Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
3. Avoid close contact with sick people
4. Sneeze and cough into a tissue or your elbow
5. Stay home if you are sick
5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
6. When in doubt consult with a healthcare professional

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An Atlanta man says he and his fiancée are being held captive in a Mexico hospital because they can't afford to pay his $14,000 medical bill.

Stephen Johnson was vacationing with his fiancée, Tori Austin, on a Carnival cruise ship headed to Cancun.

Two days into their trip, Johnson fell ill and was diagnosed with diabetes, and infection/inflammation of the pancreas and kidneys.

Ship doctors recommended Johnson seek emergency treatment at a hospital on the mainland. Johnson was rushed to a hospital where he was in intensive care for three days.

Because Johnson and Austin don't have insurance, the hospital demanded payment via cash or credit card on the spot.

Johnson is still too sick to be discharged, but hospital administrators told the couple that, if he is discharged, he can't leave the hospital until he pays.

Austin shared photos of Johnson in a hospital bed with Good American America. "We were physically assaulted by the administrative staff," Austin told GMA from her fiancé's hospital room. "They were physically pushing on him!" she added, before adding that hospital workers "locked the windows".

Austin told GMA that she offered to pay $7,000 in cash upfront and she was willing to work out a payment plan for the remainder of the bill.

Johnson told CBS46 that he is in "hell" and that he and Austin have no idea when they will be allowed to leave the premises.

They are pleading for help from the U.S Embassy and Consulates in Mexico.

Update: Tyler Perry has offered to pay the hospital bills for Stephen Johnson. According to Channel 2 Action News, Perry was watching Good Morning America on Friday morning and saw the couple's plight.

Channel 2's Justin Gray had been texting with the couple when he got a call from Perry offering to help. Johnson and his fiancée are on their way home to Sandy Springs, Ga.

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A Cincinnati emergency room nurse was suspended over a profanity-riddled rant about homosexuals and transgenders in a Facebook post.

Cindy Carter, was placed on administrative leave from her job at the Bethesda Butler Hospital in Hamilton, Ohio, after she launched an attack against homosexuals and transsexuals on Facebook. She wrote, in part that "this country has gone to complete s---! and "these f---ing c--k-sucking h---- think they deserve everything."

Carter posted multiple comments in response to complaints by members of the LGBT community - many of whom are served by the TriHealth Hospitals system.

According to KSHB News, Carter's rant was motivated by Proctor & Gamble's decision to remove the Venus feminine symbol from Always pad wrappers after a female-to-male trans person complained about the packaging on Twitter.com.

In two comments screen shot by Cincinnati Councilman Chris Seelbach, Carter wrote she did not believe in the existence of transgender people, and that "entitled" gay men and "confused woman" were ruining the country. "Men need to be men. Women need to be women."

"This is the reason why transgender people don't feel comfortable going to the doctor, and they don't feel comfortable accessing medical care," said Tristan Vaught, a female-to-male nonbinary activist. "In hospitals, you're not sure who you're going to get."

Councilman Seelbach called for the hospital to fire the nurse. "Nurses should be able to treat anyone regardless of our differences, and having such extreme views and being able to put them out there publicly would make a lot of us apprehensive of wanting a nurse to treat us," said Seelbach, who is openly homosexual.

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"As an LGBTQ+ person, I don't feel comfortable using their services until I know Mrs. Carter would never treat me. Until TriHealth terminates the employment of Carter, I will not be using their services," Seelbach wrote on Monday.

But Vaught disagreed with Seelbach. "I know some wonderful people that work there. I've been in talks with their diversity committee. I don't think, as an organization, this is what they stand for."

Vaught called on TriHealth to make it clear that homophobia and transphobia are not part of their organization.

"I think everyone can be trained to be respectful," Vaught said. "I don't think that you're going to change hearts and minds. I think you can teach people, while they're on the job, while they're clocked in, 'This is the culture that we're going to have.'"

In the past, Carter would've been protected by the First Amendment that guarantees freedom of speech - even if her comments caused hurt feelings. But times have changed in the post-Obama era.