Jacksonville, Florida — A 70-year-old great-grandmother is staying overnight in Duval County Prison.
“I support my behavior 100%. I don’t regret letting them wear handcuffs and take me out of there,” Lynn Savage explained.
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During her recovery from brain surgery at UF Health North, Savage refused to leave her daughter Amber.
“I can’t leave her bedside with my conscience and kind heart. I don’t know how she will stay up all night voluntarily.”
Savage said she has been with her daughter in the hospital since 6:30 in the morning. Her daughter was unable to speak after a stroke and was partially paralyzed on the right side. She was there not only for support, but also as her translator.
She said that the doctor let her into her room in the intensive care unit, trying to help her daughter calm down after the operation.
“As soon as I walked to the bed, she was fine. All these people were talking, all these things were happening, but she didn’t understand and couldn’t speak, she was just crazy.”
Savage stayed until she said she was told that she could not stay any longer.
“The nurse said that the visit time was over at seven o’clock, I had to leave, I said I would not leave. I want to live here with my daughter. You can call the doctor because the doctor wants me to come with her People? She said no, they can’t do this because COVID rules stipulate that the visitation time ends at seven o’clock,” Savage exclaimed.
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As the former deputy sheriff of Stark County, Ohio, she knows the consequences of refusing to leave.
According to the JSO arrest report, “security personnel spent several hours begging the suspect, Ms. Lynn Savage, to leave.”
“On April 10, 2021, at 2155 hours, I was sent to UF Health at 15255 Max Leggett Parkway because someone refused to leave the hospital after the visit time was over. Upon arrival, I met Marcus Hardaway, the head of health and safety of UFIDA He and other security personnel spent several hours begging the suspect Ms. Lynn Savage to leave because the visit ended at 1900 hours. Then I found Ms. Savage in room #3104, where her daughter was undergoing surgery. I recovered from the police. I explained the reason why the security guard called the police for trespass warning. She fully understands why the police should be called. Ms. Savage is a 20-year retired deputy in the Stark County Sheriff’s Office in Ohio. She said she understands , But it must be removed by force. Ms. Savage was very cooperative and I arrested her. After being escorted out of the hospital, I begged Ms. Savage to make it clear when the visit started at 0900 in the morning, leave and return. She The principle of rejection is that if something happens to her daughter Amber, she will be forced to leave her. Ms. Savage understands that a year of trespass is beneficial.”
“The sheriff’s office is here. They are also very polite. They always want me to leave, I said I will not leave; I will not leave my daughter’s side.”
Savage said she spent about 24 hours in prison.
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“This is not an experience I never want to do in my entire life. That’s too bad. It’s dirty, more like a lunatic asylum, women screaming, yelling, banging bars, banging walls. It’s horrible, but I I would rather be there than know that I have left my daughter.”
She was charged for trespassing and a court hearing was held on October 20. Her daughter did survive the night, but is still recovering.
UF Health Jacksonville sent us the following statement:
“Due to the federal HIPAA privacy law, we are unable to comment on inquiries about specific patients. However, UF Health Jacksonville is committed to ensuring the well-being and safety of everyone who visits our facilities, especially patients and their families. And health care across the country Like organizations, we have established policies to protect everyone from the COVID-19 virus, including patients, visitors, and staff. Information about visitation restrictions is placed in areas that are visible to people entering our facilities.”
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