A Minnesota man with COVID-19 who was nearly taken off his ventilator against his family’s wishes has been transferred to a hospital in Texas and is moving in “the right direction.”
“We’re absolutely thrilled. We could’ve been planning a funeral today,” attorney Marjorie Holsten told Alpha News in a phone call Tuesday.
Holsten represents Anne Quiner, a woman from Buffalo whose quest to save her husband’s life captured headlines across the nation last week.
Doctors at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids planned to remove her husband, Scott, from his ventilator after a weeks-long battle with “COVID pneumonia.” Scott was unconscious, but his vitals were reportedly stable.
Anne desperately pleaded with doctors to at least try some alternative treatments, such as ivermectin or a vitamin drip. They refused, instead saying Scott should have been vaccinated, according to recordings Anne released of her phone calls with Scott’s medical team.
So Anne took the battle to court. With the help of Holsten and attorney Thomas Renz, she was granted a temporary restraining order that prevented the hospital from moving forward with its “care plan.”
In court documents, Anne said the hospital planned “to take actions on Thursday January 13, 2022 that [would] end my husband’s life.”
“These actions include turning off his ventilator,” she said. “I have advised the doctors that I vehemently disagree with this action and do not want my husband’s ventilator turned off.”
A judge scheduled a hearing for February to resolve the matter, and Mercy Hospital retained a high-power law firm to fight Anne in court, but neither will be necessary anymore.
Holsten confirmed that Scott has been moved to a hospital in Texas where he is receiving some of the treatments Anne requested. His new medical team found him to be “very malnourished” when he arrived, according to Holsten.
“We are very hopeful that things are going to turn around. It’s going to be an uphill battle, but things are going in the right direction,” she told Alpha News.
She emphasized that prayers are very much needed and appreciated because Scott still has a long fight ahead of him. He’s taking “baby steps in the right direction,” Holsten said.
In various statements to the media, Mercy Hospital has wished the Quiners well and defended the “exceptional care” provided to Scott.
A GoFundMe and a GiveSendGo have raised more than $135,000 for the Quiners.