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Parents protest outside Tufts Children’s Hospital over decision to convert facility – CBS Boston

BOSTON (CBS) — Dozens of people stood outside Tufts Children’s Hospital on Saturday to protest the decision to convert the facility into an adult intensive care unit. Tufts Medical plans to close the 41-bed children’s hospital by July 1.

Many protesters say the change will have dramatic consequences for children with complex medical conditions.

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“This hospital is a lifeline for hundreds of patients,” said mother Amanda Crowley.

Tufts said the decision was based on increased demand for adult intensive care beds.

“Tia was bought from Tufts when she was five days old, she had four major operations,” said mother Sandra Adamchuk. She fights to keep the hospital open alongside her 14-year-old daughter, Tia.

“Without this place, I simply wouldn’t be alive. It really means a lot because they care so much nothing can compare,” said patient Tia Adamchuk.

“My only message for the city of Boston is to fight for Tufts Medical Hospital because we need it,” Sandra said.

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A rally to save Tufts Children’s Hospital on Saturday (WBZ-TV)

During the rally, a staff member held a sign at the window that read ‘save Tufts Children’.

In the crowd, families showed up with their children, like Mike Burns whose son was treated for leukemia. “It’s as if we lost our home, as if it were taken away from us. We don’t know where we’re going, they don’t know where they’re going. It’s terrifying,” Burns said.

“Having the team involved in a really complex disease in one place with access to a hospital is so crucial. We don’t know what we’re going to do without this wonderful place,” Crowley said.

In response, Tufts Medical Center released a statement that said in part, “Our intent is to ensure that children will be able to continue to see their same doctor/care team at the same clinic with their current insurance. We remain committed to supporting our communities and families with the same high-quality, compassionate care they expect and deserve.

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With the closure of Tuft’s Children’s Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital will soon become the only dedicated pediatric inpatient facility in the city.


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