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The Adventist Medical Center of Portland, Oregon is facing a federal lawsuit after security guards at the hospital forcibly removed an 86-year old disabled veteran from the premises because of his service dog.
Robert Campen, a disabled veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, visited the hospital on June 1, 2015 with his service dog, Libby, by his side.
After finishing his business in the hospital’s medical records department, Campen, with his service dog on leash, were walking toward the hospital’s exit when they were approached by two security guards who stopped him and told him he couldn’t have a dog in the building.
As he explained to the guards that Libby was a service dog, hospital senior vice president David Russell appeared and ordered, “Get the dog out of here,” according to the lawsuit.
One of the guards then grabbed the 86-year old disabled veteran by the wrist, twisted it away from his body, and forced him and his dog out of the building.
The federal lawsuit says that Adventist Medical Center did not comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act and discriminated against Campen because of his disability.
The Oregonian reported that the lawsuit “also contends the guards subjected him to “battery.” He suffered a sprained wrist that required medical attention, according to his lawyer Daniel Snyder.”
At the time of publication, the hospital had not yet been served notice of the pending lawsuit and are “unaware of any pending litigation.”