PPJ/ContributorAngela V. Woodhull, Ph.D./licensed private investigator
American hospitals have devised a scheme to guarantee they never get stuck with an unpaid bill. Itâ€™s called guardianship.
Thinking of checking into a hospital? Think again. You may never see home again.
Ginger Franklin, Hendersonville, Tennessee, fell down the stairs in her condo and suffered a bump on her head. She was declared â€œtemporarily mentally incapacitatedâ€ and a guardian was appointed through the courts. Within six weeks, the guardian had soldFranklinâ€™s home, car, furniture, and drained her bank account. Today,Franklin has her freedom back, but she is having to start all over.
Michael Kidd, 72, of Richardson, Texas, fell in his yard and broke a hip. Now, he is living in Countryside Nursing Home with his wife. Both were removed from their home when the state of Texas petitioned the courts claiming that the Kidds were mentally incompetent. Their house sits vacant and neglected, with rotting food still remaining in the refrigerator. The Kidds have been confined to a single room in the nursing home, while the state appointed guardian burns through their money an gives them a mere $60 a month spending allowance which they have been using to buy â€œrealâ€ food.
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