Carol Ostrow Aug. 6, 2015, 12:32pm


A Louisiana man is suing an infirmary, alleging racial discrimination in regard to his wife’s treatment which he says led to her loss of residency and citizenship.

Thomas L. d’Aquin filed a lawsuit July 21 against Touro Infirmary and “Dr. Lurie” in U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana, alleging civil rights violation in regard to an alleged refusal to provide medical services to his spouse.

The suit states that when d’Aquin brought his spouse into Touro Infirmary for treatment of a broken ankle, a representative asked what was wrong and then left. According to the complaint, the defendants refused to let the patient see a doctor, take her blood pressure or pulse, draw blood, take X-rays or replace a damaged cast. The suit states that when a clinic worker inquired about replacing the cast, “something incredible [sic] racist was heard.”

The complaint states the defendants used an unspecified discriminatory payment method, mistakenly recommended surgery when the patient had an undiagnosed infection, delayed access to her records when she attempted to gather paperwork in an attempt to leave the country, and caused d'Aquin to lose his job when his spouse was unable to return to the U.S.

The suit says the defendants worked together to fraudulently manipulate the couple and refuse proper medical care by discriminating against the plaintiff for racial reasons. The plaintiff contends Touro Infirmary was prejudicial in its treatment because of “the race and ethnicity of his spouse and the fact they are [an] interracial couple.”

The plaintiff also argues his child will not be born in the U.S. and, thus, will not be able to be president.

D'Aquin seeks $2 million, plus court costs. He is self-represented.

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana case number 2:15-cv-02842-HGB-JCW.

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