Viola Davis, who has spoken at length about growing up in “abject poverty” in Rhode Island, recently shared a heartbreaking story about her father being turned away from an emergency room despite suffering from a gall bladder infection.
“He had an infection and he walked three miles to the hospital in 12-degree weather,” Davis said Sunday (Dec. 3) at the American Civil Liberties Union’s Bill of Rights Awards gala. ”[He] got to the hospital to sit for another five hours before the doctor said, ‘You got to go home, you look like a drug addict.’”
“He leaves the hospital. He walked three miles back home. He sits for another three days before gangrene started setting in and he walked back to the hospital and they finally admitted him,” she said, via The Hollywood Reporter. “That is the dignity being taken away from you when you don’t have any money. You don’t have access to health care. You have no food.”