Terry Crews and his wife Rebecca recently opened up Crews’ mother Patricia’s treatment — or lack thereof —at a Michigan hospital.
The couple recalled the 2015 experience to Survivornet, sharing that Patricia’s symptoms were largely ignored during her two-week stay at a Flint hospital, and that it wasn’t until a black nurse thoroughly read her chart that staffers realized just who her son was — and how much care she needed.
“My mother-in-law was fighting lymphoma, and though she was in remission as far as her T-cells, she contracted something like an infection,” Rebecca explained. “They did a blood panel on her and basically just let her lay in the hospital for two weeks, and unfortunately, what happened was that a black nurse happened to take a look at her chart and said, for lack of a better term, ‘Oh crap, this is Terry Crews’ mother.’”
“There’s no reason for her to have been left unattended in a bed for two weeks other than her color,” Rebecca asserted, adding that the nurse also caught an infection in her bloodwork that had gone untreated.
Once staffers realized Patricia was the mother of the “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star, she was airlifted to a hospital in Detroit. Tragically, she subsequently passed away at the city’s Henry Ford Hospital in November 2015, which the Crews family believes was due to the infection that went untreated during her time in Flint.
“It does not seem to matter if these women are middle class, upper-middle-class, educated, insured. They’re still dying in hospitals,” Rebecca said of the disparity in healthcare faced by black women. “They’re dying after childbirth. They’re not getting the treatment that they need.”