My father is in an unfamiliar hospital with breathing problems. The staff doctor feels everything dad eats is going right into his lungs even though my father has passed a swallow test with a speech therapist. This doctor is withholding all food liquid from my father and is not giving him any IV fluid or nutrition. I'm extremely concerned. Can a doctor legally do this?
I've requested a transfer out of this hospital but this doctor won't release my dad until he (doctor) feels he is more stable which could be a day or two.
It's making me sick to think of my poor father not being able to have anything at all. Can a doctor do this?
What can I do? I think he should be able to have at least a small sip of water or small spoon of pudding every once in a while.
Thanks so much for your advice