The challenges of providing adequate medical care were not foreign to her, said Mr. Muhammed, her 19-year-old son. She had sarcoidosis, an inflammatory disease that attacks the lungs, and was often treated in hospitals.
“Almost every time she went to the hospital she had to advocate for herself, fight for something in some way, shape or form, just to get a baseline, proper care,” he said.
In his fight against coronavirus at IU Health North Hospital in Carmel, Ind., Dr. Moore wrote in an update on Facebook that she eventually spoke with the hospital’s chief medical officer, who assured her that she would get better care and that diversity training would take place. She got a new doctor and the pain was better resolved, she wrote.
But even though things seemed to be getting better at the hospital, Dr. Moore still felt that there was a lack of care and that the medical staff became less responsible, according to Mr. Muhammad, who spoke to her on a daily basis. Although she didn’t actually feel good enough to be fired, she was eager to return home and take care of her parents, he said.
When she was battling Covid-19 at the hospital, she took the time to order him new slippers because his ones broke, Mr Muhammed said. In her last conversation with her, she told him she would help him go to college.
“Even to the bitter end, she thought of other people,” Mr. Muhammed said.
The hospital released her on Dec. 7, he said, and she was slow and tired when she returned home. The hospital called several times to check on her, he said, and when she did not respond, she sent an ambulance. His mother could barely walk and was breathing hard when the ambulance arrived. She was taken to another hospital 12 hours after being discharged from the previous one, she said on Facebook.