Two weeks after his child’s birth, James, a 32-year-old nursing assistant at a hospital in New York City, took his child to an emergency room to be checked for respiratory problems.
James told the hospital’s nurses to “check on my son.”
James, who works as a home health aide, was shocked to discover that his son had a severe case of pneumonia and had died.
James said he felt the hospital didn’t know what was happening.
“They didn’t say anything, they didn’t want to hear what happened,” James said.
“When I asked them, they were like, ‘We’re just doing the best we can, but you can call us.’
They didn’t have the answers.”
James said the hospital staff was also dismissive of his concerns about the boy’s condition.
“I just told them I wasn’t going to be there to help,” James told FourFourtwo.
“The nurses, they just kind of ignored me.”
When James found out his son’s pneumonia was severe, James said, he tried to get information from the hospital.
He wrote letters, visited the hospital, and went to their emergency room.
“It’s kind of like being a detective in a movie,” he said.
James wrote to the hospital to get the staff to understand what was going on.
He also sent an email to the mayor of the city where his son was born, asking him to be on hand for a press conference to discuss the issue.
The mayor, who has since died, didn’t answer his email, and the hospital did not respond to requests for comment.
“We were just kind on the edge of our seats,” James recalled.
“There’s no way you could have gotten that information from them.”
James told The New York Times that he also wrote to state officials and health department officials about the situation, but he didn’t receive any response.
James’ son was placed on a ventilator, but his condition worsened and he died on Feb. 1, 2019.
On Friday, James posted his story on Facebook and began receiving support from people all over the country.
“James has been through a lot and has experienced a lot of loss,” wrote the founder of a GoFundMe account called JamesJamesFund.
“He is a man of integrity and we all have our moments in our life that we can relate to and appreciate.”
A GoFundMomma page was set up for James, and he received donations from around the country, but it wasn’t enough to help him pay for the hospital visit.
“All we have to do is show up and say thank you to them,” James wrote.
“Thank you, James!
I can’t thank you enough.”