California man learns he’s dying from doctor on video shown on robot

  • California man learns he’s dying from doctor on video shown on robot

California man learns he’s dying from doctor on video shown on robot

An elderly man being cared for in a hospital in America was informed he was going to die by a doctor via video link, on what his family have described as a 'robot'.

"This guy can not breathe, and he's got this robot trying to talk to him", she said. "Meanwhile, this guy is telling him, 'So we've got your results back, and there's no lung left". "There's no lung to work with".

Wilharm says getting the news from a screen was terrible for her and her grandfather, she also said the hospital should have had more dignity and compassion.

Mr Quintana's granddaughter, Annalisa Wilharm, who was with him at the hospital, also told the BBC she was "trying not to cry". But I don't think somebody should get the news delivered that way.

"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", his daughter Catherine Quintana said Friday.

Ernest Quintana, 78, was admitted to the Kaiser Permanente hospital in Fremont, California, with difficulty breathing and his family knew he was dangerously ill.

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Ms Wilharm said a robot then arrived in the room and the doctor appeared on a video screen.

"This secure video technology is a live conversation with a physician using tele-video technology, and always with a nurse or other physician in the room to explain the goal and function of the technology", Gaskill-Hames added.

She said they "don't support or encourage the use of technology to replace the personal interactions between our patients and their care teams" and the centre had fallen short on this occasion.

"We understand how important this is for all concerned, and regret that we fell short of the family's expectations", she said.

The video meetings were warm and intimate, he said, adding that not all in-person discussions have empathy and compassion.

Wilharm told CNN her family knew that her grandfather would die soon. She said that after the visit, he gave her instructions on who should get what and made her promise to look after her grandmother. "Unfortunately, there's nothing we can treat very effectively", he said, according to a video recording that Wilharm shot on her cellphone.

A family friend wrote in a Facebook post: "That Robot Dr may be OK for some situations but not to tell a man he is going to die".