Female teen says she was kept ‘prisoner’ by Mayo Clinic

Female teen says she was kept ‘prisoner’ by Mayo Clinic
Escape from Mayo Clinic: Alyssa Gilderhus in family car after 'breaking out' of hospital. (Image: CNN video screen grab)

[Ed. – We’ll wait for the TV movie, thanks.]

A teenager has told how she was forced to escape from the Mayo Clinic after doctors ‘refused’ to discharge or transfer her and tried to take guardianship of her against her will following a brain surgery last year.

Alyssa Gilderhus, now 19, was a high school senior and 18-years-old when she was admitted to the world renowned hospital’s Minnesota facility on Christmas Day, 2016.

She had suffered a brain aneurysm and required emergency surgery to save her life.

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After neurosurgeons performed the procedure, Alyssa was transferred to the hospital’s rehabilitation unit where she spent three weeks.

Over the course of those three weeks, her parents butted heads with doctors who she says were ‘cruel’ to her and did not listen to her needs.

By the end of her time there, the hospital had excluded her mother from conversations about her care and had asked the county to take guardianship of her claiming that though she was 18, she was not mentally competent to make her own medical decisions.

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