A Florida man is not happy with his dialysis treatment facility after they told him he could not bring a life-size cardboard cutout of President Donald Trump to help ease his anxiety. Nelson Gibson has been going to Fresenius Kidney Care in Port Saint Lucie for the past year, and usually brings an 8x10 picture of Trump to help keep him calm during the procedure, which can last more than three hours.
"I just feel that he's done so much for kidneys and dialysis. I just feel very grateful for what he's doing," said Gibson
A few months after starting treatment, Gibson's son made a small cardboard cutout of his father standing next to a photo of the president. The cutout was a big hit with other patients, with a few of them asking to take a picture with the cutout.
Last weekend, he decided to show up with a life-size cutout of President Trump. He told WPBF that everybody loved the cutout of the president. When he went in a few days later for his next treatment, he was shocked when staff members told him he couldn't bring the cutout with him.
"They told me it was too much, and it wasn't a rally," Gibson told the news station.
He decided not to cause a scene and left without receiving treatment.
The facility defended their decision and claimed the life-size cutout posed "infection control issues."
"While we cannot discuss any specific individual, we strongly support the ability of all our patients to express their views, which includes bringing reasonably sized items into our dialysis centers that do not create safety or infection control issues, or interfere with caregivers on the treatment floor," said Brad Puffer, spokesperson for Fresenius Kidney Care.
Gibson said that he will not return to the facility unless he can bring the cutout with him. His family said they are not sure when he will receive his next treatment.a