ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – A St. Petersburg woman reached out to 8 On Your Side for help, desperate to see her 54-year-old sister who is currently at Bayfront Hospital suffering from brain damage.
“She loved to die her hair this purple, it was beautiful,” said Christine Beach about her little sister, 54-year-old Daphne Wise. The sisters both live in St.Pete and have always been close.
“She was my Health Care Surrogate in my Will,” said Beach about her sister. She said she never expected it to be the other way around and that they would be in their current situation.
Beach said in March Daphne had heart surgery but never fully recovered. She said shortly after she suffered a stroke with brain damage.
“Quite frankly, I would not choose to live that,” said Beach about Daphne’s current state. “She can’t communicate, she’s paralyzed on her entire right side, she probably can’t read. She was a Mensa candidate and now…[she can’t even talk]. She gets so frustrated and people have to clean her up,” said Beach.
Beach said it’s imperative that she and Daphne’s husband are with her in person at the hospital to try to communicate and find out what health care she wants moving forward. Beach said visiting someone within the first month or two of a brain injury makes a huge difference in their neurological recovery.
Beach said she’s hopeful if they can show her letters and pictures it will help Daphne regain cognitive memory during this vital time in her recovery. But Beach said their family has been given conflicting information by staff about visiting. “We were told we could go by one floor she was on then they moved and that floor said no,” said Beach.
Wanting to get a straight answer on ‘if’ or ‘when’ she could see her sister next, Beach turned to 8 on your side for help.
We called the leadership at Bayfront Hospital to see if any exceptions could be made. The hospital responded to WFLA with a statement that they would be in touch with family and couldn’t comment further due to privacy laws.
Hours later the family tells us they received a call that Daphne’s husband would be able to come in to visit on Saturday, but her sister, Christine Beach, still isn’t able to visit.
Beach said nurses check on her sister every hour and tell her that Daphne seems depressed. Beach said she’s left wondering if the only way to see her sister is to take her home to die.
“It’s very hard [not being able to be with her right now when she needs me most], very hard. It’s kind of soul-crushing, you know?” said Beach.