Claim: First Lady Michelle Obama visited St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, severely disrupting operations and preventing parents from seeing their sick children.
Example: [Collected via email, September 2014]
RANT: I am LIVID!!!!!! I just got a phone call from a
Only one person allowed per patient, no social media in hospital, no photos in hospital, cars will be towed in garage, more than one person with patient will be turned away at the gate by secret service! PEOPLE this is a CHILDREN’S CANCER HOSPITAL!!!!!!! Now a mother may have to receive possible horrible MRI RESULTS ALONE WITHOUT THE CHILD’S FATHER! REALLY?!? SOMEONE needs to THINK about the children before their care is compromised for the sake of publicity!!!!! Okay, Obama supporters, you can delete me now!!!!! END RANT! Not really!
Origins: On 17 September 2014, First Lady Michelle Obama visited
At least one parent of a St. Jude patient took to social media to complain about the visit’s effects on her daughter’s care, stating in a Facebook status update that:
gotta love this!! Farrah had an appointment to get a blood transfusion today at 1pm well at 8am we got a phone call telling us that the medicine/ER is going to be closed today so we have to reschedule her appointment to get a BLOOD TRANSFUSION because the
arrival (I wonder who paid for all off the new furniture, extra security, landscaping, and fancy food items they had in the cafe today).
I was really upset that they made us reschedule her blood transfusion but what’s really heartbreaking is that they had an art show/opening today to display the work of several of the amazing patients here (some traveled for hours to be here for the art show and won’t be able to make it again because of health problems). I heard there were even patients crying about this. Oh an on top of all this we can’t get or send any mail in or out of here today and can’t go to our bank on campus.
We were even told that if Farrah were able to come in today that only one of us would be able to go with her. I know of several patients who are here for testing today that could literally mean life or death and they can’t have both parents with them . Sorry for the rant but it just make no sense that all of this chaos is going on putting us families through this so that the media can come out to get the 1st lady on camera touring
What is certain is that Mrs. Obama visited
According to a local news source, however,
Last updated: 19 September 2014