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Woman Angry At Being Held At KMC

Item: 'Hold' at hospital angers woman: Told medical staff she doesn't fear death, with heaven waiting/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: A 67-year-old Post Falls woman said she spent a few more days at Kootenai Medical Center than she thought necessary after comments she made following her recent foot surgery. "If I die, I die, (then) I go to heaven," Donna Maria Thompson recalled telling medical staff at the hospital, after all the toes on her right foot were removed. "They put a 'hold' on me," Thompson said as she wheeled around her Post Falls apartment in a wheelchair, with a wound vac working away on her foot. "I was a prisoner."

Question: Did Kootenai Medical Center overreact?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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