Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Critique of Mike's stay in the hospital

This is a part of the story that has not been printed anywhere, but that I think is just as sad as what the police did to Mike. I wanted to tell it last week after I talked to Mike, but I wanted to make sure I had all the details right. So I talked to him about it again on Monday. Mike was admitted into the hospital on Wednesday, February 11th, after the attack. In my opinion, he was not treated very well. The staff at the hospital told him to walk to different places, which he could not do without support from someone else. And when he said he couldn't walk, they did not believe him. After a while they brought him a wheel chair, but still wanted him to walk. When they released him they told him there was nothing wrong with him and that he could  walk, to which he repsonded, "I can't walk". He had to ask for crutches which were then brought to him sometime later. They released Mike within 24 hours of admitting him the first time. When the KURIER came to interview him at his house on Thursday they asked why he was out of the hospital. He told them the hospital said there was nothing wrong with him. So the KURIER picked him up from home and drove him back to Spittellau to get the, by now famous, picture of Mike on crutches in Spittelau, and then on to the hospital. Mike was readmitted to the hospital on Saturday and stayed there until Tuesday of the following week, because there  OBVIOUSLY  was something wrong with him. He said he got the  feeling that everyone was trying to get him out of there as fast as they could. The doctor vehemently denied TV cameras  from filming in the room or in front of the hospital, as the story should not get so big in the media. 

Statement from Mike Brennan

I would like to say thank you to all the people, friends, and colleagues who are supporting me in this difficult time. It really makes a difference when I read and see how many people care about this terrible incident that I have experienced. I also want you to know that I am trying to stand up for my rights and the rights of mankind. Even though we come from many different places we are all are special in our own way. And we should never allow racism or mistreatment of our human rights in anyway, shape, or form.

Mike Brennan