Karen Dresser is white. Her 12-year-old daughter, Amelia, is black. When the two showed up at an emergency clinic in Maryland last month, Dresser said, her daughter was denied treatment because staff members assumed they weren’t related.
“At first, I was just numb. I was in disbelief, actually,” Dresser told WJLA News. “We are a family in every sense of the word.”
Dresser, a 51-year-old schoolteacher, said her daughter, whom she adopted in 2007, had previously been treated at the Patient First urgent-care clinic in Waldorf. But when she took her daughter there on Sept. 19 with what they suspected was a broken finger, she said she was met with skepticism.
“A receptionist asked if I were her guardian and I interpreted that as ‘parent,’ so I said yes,” Dresser told Yahoo Lifestyle. “But it became clear that she didn’t believe me.”
According to the mom, the receptionist remained unconvinced, even after she explained the clinic has a file on her daughter. The receptionist insisted that Dresser show proof of guardianship, she said.
Dresser said a nurse did eventually come out and suggest she purchase a splint for her daughter at Walgreens. Instead, Dresser said, she took Amelia to a nearby clinic, where she was treated without question.
Later, Dresser shared a Facebook post about the ordeal, saying she wasn’t sure whether to “be ticked or cry.”
The mother also wrote a letter to Patient First, which she shared on Facebook:
Via: Huff Post