Alex Spourdalakis is a fourteen-year-old with severe autism. He was admitted to the Loyola Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois for gastrointestinal problems. While there, he has been a victim.
“Alex remained in locked restraints to all four of his limbs for in excess of 20 consecutive days.”
“Alex’s basic human needs were not met.”
“Alex did not have any accommodations for his disability.”
“He did not have access to any specialized evaluations or services from any professionals such as occupational health, speech therapy, developmental pediatrician or behavioral specialist who might have been able to address his disability.”
“Alex did not have anyone attempt to provide him the ability to communicate.”
“Not one professional that specializes in autism had examined him.”
“None of the many standardized assessment tools for nonverbal patients had been utilized and his mother was told that staff is ‘unable’ to determine if he is having pain.”
“Alex was kept in locked restraints without any written plan to work towards release.”
“Alex’s mother had been denied a list of physicians in charge of his care.”
“His mother had been denied a list of medications that are ordered for her child.”
“He had a delay in treatment waiting 5 days for an
ordered consultative physician to see him and one additional day until he was examined by a specialist for his gastrointestinal problems, the very reason he was transferred to this facility.”
All of the above quotes are from a letter which was sent to CNN in order to get them to “do an investigative story into Alex’s case and assist Alex in getting the appropriate medical care he needs.”
To read the entire letter on CNN, click the following link: http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-942306.
A petition has been created on Change.org to get signatures so that CNN will investigate. Click the following link to see the petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/loyola-medical-center-maywood-chicago-illinois-provide-appropriate-medical-testing-and-medical-treatment-for-alex-spourdalakis.
A Facebook page called “Justice for Alex” has been created. Today, it was announced on this page that Alex is going to be moved to a different facility! Click the following link to see the “Justice for Alex” Facebook page and keep up with this young man: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Justice-For-Alex/593496450661862.