JPS Patient Says Jewelry Disappeared During Hospital Stay
FORT WORTH (CBS 11 NEWS) – For four months now, Sandra Lewis has been trying to get every document possible from JPS Hospital in Fort Worth.
Lewis, 63, says she was rushed to the emergency room by her good friend.
It turned out she had to be treated for gall stones and was taken to ICU.
“I was heavily medicated,” says Lewis.
Lewis says when she was admitted she was wearing jewelry that meant a lot to her.
“It’s not replaceable to me. It’s not replaceable.”
She says several pieces of her jewelry disappeared when she was checked into JPS.
In an X-ray, you can see Lewis’ heart shaped pendant.
But when she was taken for an MRI she was asked to take off the jewelry.
“They told me I needed to take off my jewelry. I was medicated so I couldn’t take off my jewelry,” says Lewis. “So they assisted me by taking off my jewelry. I remember them putting it in a plastic bag.”
Lewis says some of the jewelry she was wearing included two sets of diamond earrings, a diamond heart shape necklace, 18” herringbone chain, a diamond pinkie ring and a gold bracelet.
“All jewelry was on my person during my examinations and x-rays,” wrote Lewis in a letter to the hospital CEO. “It remained in my possession until I was transferred to ICU.”
She says the jewelry is valued at $2500 but that’s not why she’s so upset.
The pieces were given to her by her late daughter Kelley Lewis, 30.
Kelley died in 1999 from Sickle Cell Disease, which is a blood disorder.
“To me, it’s everything! It’s the last piece – the last piece of her that she gave me after her death. I want it back,” says Lewis wiping her tears.
She says there is no way she could have taken the jewelry and insists neither did anyone in her family.
The police department at JPS is investigating.
Chief of Police Del Fisher with the Tarrant County Hospital District Police Department says these types of thefts are rare.
“We are trying to identify what happened. We are looking into it, talking to witnesses, backtracking everything that might be related to this,” says Chief Fisher.
Chief Fisher says in the entire JPS network there were 145 reported property crimes last year and that’s at over fifty properties in Tarrant County. “That’s one per three days.”
He says the allegations are usually missing cell phones or car break-ins.
For Lewis, it’s been frustrating.
“It’s like it’s gone. Live with it. I am living with it, and I’m not happy the way I’m living with it. I’m really upset about it,” says Lewis “I know I’m not the only one this has occurred to.”
A spokesperson with JPS says the hospital’s procedure is to document belongings and put them in a patient’s personal record.
Also, those items usually stay with nurses or techs, and they’re transferred where ever the patient goes.
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