Baby Stein Moved To Nursing Home
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
July 21, 2004
AKRON, OHIO--Eight-month-old Aiden Stein was moved Tuesday from Akron Children's Hospital to a nursing home near Cleveland, while the Ohio Supreme Court decides his fate.
The baby's court-appointed guardian, Ellen Kaforey, said that there is nothing more the hospital can do for Aiden, so she requested he be moved to Aristocrat Bureau, a nursing home that includes a 60-bed unit for infants, children and adolescents who have chronic illnesses or developmental disabilities.
Aiden was taken to the hospital on March 15 with a brain injury which doctors said are consistent with shaken-baby syndrome. They have claimed that the child is blind, deaf and is unaware of his surroundings. He does not breathe on his own and would die quickly if taken off his ventilator.
Since that time, suspicion has fallen on Matthew Stein, the boy's father, who was with Aiden the morning he was admitted to the hospital.
Mr. Stein and Arica Heimlich, Aiden's mother, want their son kept alive. They have accused the hospital staff of discriminating against the boy -- marking him as a "hopeless case" -- because of his disabilities.
The hospital asked a local court to appoint a guardian to make decisions regarding Aiden's treatment, including the removal of his life support. They claim that Mr. Stein wants his son to be kept alive because he could face murder charges if the boy does not survive.
Hospital workers were within one hour of disconnecting Aiden's ventilator last month, when the state Supreme Court intervened and ordered him to be kept on the ventilator until they decide whether to accept an appeal from his parents.
Aiden's guardian said that Medicaid is paying the infant's $2,000-a-day medical bill and his stay at the nursing home.