Family of Ernesto Quintana say terminal diagnosis should be given by ‘a human being and not a machine’
'A 97-year-old man was told he would die within days via a robot that rolled into his intensive care unit during the night at a hospital in California.
Ernesto Quintana was given the terminal diagnosis by a doctor who appeared on a video screen on the robot after he was admitted to Kaiser Permanente Medical Centre in San Francisco on Sunday.
His family said they were “shocked” the news Mr Quintana would die from his chronic lung disease was communicated via the robot.
Mr Quintana’s daughter Catherine said: “If you’re coming to tell us normal news, that’s fine, but if you’re coming to tell us there’s no lung left and we want to put you on a morphine drip until you die, it should be done by a human being and not a machine.”
The grandfather died on Tuesday, two days after he was admitted to hospital.
Michelle Gaskill-Hames, senior vice president of the Kaiser Permanente medical centre in Fremont, described the situation as “highly unusual” and said officials “regret falling short” of the patient’s expectations.'
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