Florida man’s ‘Emotional Support’ Life-sized Trump Cutout Disrupts Dialysis Center

  • The harmony of the kidney center… TRUMPED his emotional support.

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On the 13th, Florida Man Nelson Gibson tried to bring a cardboard cutout of Trump for ’emotional support’ during kidney dialysis , only to be told he couldn’t.

Emotional Support? Really?

Nelson Gibson said that this family was not allowed to sit with him for the duration of his treatment when he went to Fresenius Kidney Clinic (FKC). Gibson’s treatment lasted at least 3 hours a week, and he started to bring a picture of Trump for support. When Gibson walked into the Port St. Lucie, Florida’s FKC, he had a life-sized cutout of Donald Trump, which he claimed was for ’emotional support.’ “They told me it was too much and it wasn’t a rally,” Gibson said according to ABC 13. Gibson had been bringing a photo of Trump for a while and decided that since no one objected, he could bring in the cutout.

So You Upgraded Cardboard Cutout From A Photo?

When told he wasn’t allowed to bring the cutout in, Gibson left without treatment. Afterward, his son Eric Gibson called the facility demanding to know what happened. “It was supposed to be an issue of safety from infectious disease, which made no sense,” said Eric. Brad Puffer, FKC spokesperson, said: “While we cannot discuss any specific individual, we strongly support the ability of all our patients to express their views. Which includes bringing reasonably sized items into our dialysis centers that do not create safety or infection control issues. Nor interfere with caregivers on the treatment floor.”

Most dialysis clinics do allow patients to bring emotional support items.. Although it is unclear whether it is common to bring life-sized cutouts that could potentially obstruct aisles. Yes, the cardboard cutout could obstruct aisles and get in the way of patient care. Also, something so large could disrupt patients who feel strongly against Mr. Gibson’s political views.

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