In November 2012, a man entered St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Riverside for heart surgery. Three days later, a patient-care technician raped him, according to a lawsuit the patient filed last month.
The patient, who identified himself by his first name Neal, underwent two surgeries. While he was recovering, he asked for a bath and that’s when his nursing assistant sexually violated him.
Neal asked him to stop, but the employee forcibly performed oral sex, according to the lawsuit and a Florida Department of Health complaint.
Neal had open-heart surgery, and he still had tubes and a pump connected to him that drained his chest. He was weak, and he was vulnerable, he said.
After the assault, Neal asked his nurse to call police and make sure the employee didn’t come back into the hospital room.
About an hour later, according to the Health Department complaint, the man came back in and asked what Neal had told the nurse.